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Auburn QB Sean White close to 100 percent, no decision on starter for Birmingham Bowl

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

There is a noticeable bounce in quarterback Sean White’s step.

The left knee injury he suffered against Arkansas in October forced him to miss weeks of practice time and multiple games.

While White still is sporting a brace around his knee, the redshirt freshman looked sharp at Hoover High School Sunday.

Auburn had the first of its three practices at the school this week in preparation for the Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 30.

The media had a limited viewing window to observe White go through individual drills with offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and stretch with his teammates.

Wide receiver Marcus Davis filled reporters in on how the quarterback looked the rest of the morning.

“He’s looked great,” Davis said. “I think that week off he got a lot of rest and he’s looking good, very mobile again. I think he’s ready to go.”

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is happy with how White has practiced since the Tigers returned to the practice field following a week off for finals.

During a spirited full-padded practice Saturday, Malzahn said White continues to “move around well.”

White’s health has created another round of questions for the coach regarding who will start at quarterback for Auburn against Memphis at Legion Field.

“We have not made a decision on who will start, you could see both of them,” Malzahn said referring to White and Jeremy Johnson.

Johnson started the Tigers’ final four games, but the offense managed only one offensive touchdown in losses to Georgia and Alabama with the junior at the helm.

“We were going to evaluate practice today and we evaluated practice yesterday,” Malzahn said. “Both of them have done a good job. Here in the near future we will start paring things down.”

Davis’ made it sound like White is pushing to get back in the lineup.

“It means a lot to have a guy that we are comfortable with coming back in,” Davis said. “It brings extra energy to the group.”

White was 2-3 as a starter with 1,064 yards a touchdown and two interceptions. Johnson had 1,042 yards with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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