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Auburn QB Sean White: ‘It’s my job to lose’

Auburn defensive lineman Montravius Adams, No. 1, pressures quarterback Sean White on A-Day at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday, April 9, 2016.
Auburn defensive lineman Montravius Adams, No. 1, pressures quarterback Sean White on A-Day at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday, April 9, 2016. mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn quarterback Sean White’s A-Day was a bit of a roller coaster.

The passing game was at its most effective with White under center, but he fumbled in the first quarter and came close to throwing an interception at the goal line late in the first half. Defensive back T.J. Davis made a leaping grab on a pass intended for Tony Stevens, but dropped the football on his way to the ground.

White, who is competing for the starting job with Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III, acknowledged his uneven performance speaking to the media for the first time this spring after the game.

“It went OK,” White said. “I had that dropped snap, that wasn't good. It happens. I just had to try and bounce back. I thought we had some big plays, some good passing plays, that one to Marcus.”

White’s 50-yard completion to Davis early in the first quarter ended up being the longest passing play of the afternoon. Davis beat defensive back Michael Sherwood up field on a go route and White dropped a perfect throw into his receiver’s hands.

It’s the kind of explosive play that was missing from Auburn’s offense last season.

“I thought he had a really good day, Marcus,” White said. “We'll build upon it.”

White spent time with both the first and second time offense going 8 of 14 for 125 yards. He was the only quarterback competing for the starting job that didn’t throw a touchdown pass, but he was the only one with multiple completions of 20 yards or more.

The Florida native was quarterback for the first two possessions of the game with the first team offense.

“It feels good,” White said. “That means I've been doing pretty well so far and I've just got to take advantage of it.”

If an injury didn’t derail his season last year, the redshirt freshman might have come into the spring as a frontrunner for the job.

White was inserted into the lineup in week four and made six starts. He became the second freshman quarterback in program history to throw for more than 250 yards in multiple games and the Tigers’ first freshman quarterback to win a SEC road game since 2001. He led Auburn with 1,167 yards passing (83 of 143) with a touchdown and four interceptions.

White spoke with confidence about how he sees the quarterback competition playing out.

“I feel like it's my job to lose,” White said. “Coach hasn't said that but that's the attitude you have to have. Going in, I feel like it's my job to lose so I just got to bring it every day.”

White stuck to the response when asked if he would consider leaving Auburn if he didn’t win the starting job. While he didn’t slam the door shut like Jeremy Johnson did, White is convinced he won’t have to worry about it.

"I'm not even thinking like that to be honest," White said. “I feel like that's not going to happen.”