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‘Anything is possible’ in ongoing Auburn quarterback battle

Auburn quarterback Sean White pratices at in fall camp on Sunday, August 7, 2016.
Auburn quarterback Sean White pratices at in fall camp on Sunday, August 7, 2016. photo@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn isn’t closer to naming a quarterback than it was when it opened training camp a week ago.

The competition coach Gus Malzahn hoped to have wrapped up this week might even extend all the way until the season-opener on Sept. 3.

“Yea, it's always possible,” Auburn offensive cooridnator Rhett Lashlee said Thursday following practice. “I don't know if we've done that before. It's not ideal but if that's what's best for our team and those three guys, that's what we'll do.”

Lashlee didn’t even rule out going with multiple quarterbacks in the opener against Clemson, an idea his boss has rejected on numerous occasions during the offseason.

“It's always possible,” Lashlee said. “It's not common but it's been done before. We'll just kind of see where it leads. They've got a chip on their shoulder. They know what's out there.”

Coaches hoped Tuesday’s scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium would create some separation between Jeremy Johnson, Sean White and junior college transfer John Franklin III, but all three remain on equal footing. Lashlee went as far to say all three “absolutely” have a chance to still win the starting job.

The quarterbacks split reps with the first and second teams Tuesday wearing non-contact orange jerseys as they have throughout camp.

“All three quarterbacks led a scoring drive,” Lashlee said. “There were also inconsistencies and that's what we've been talking about and that's expected in the first scrimmage. The one thing that really stood out is that every drive we scored a touchdown we had an explosive play.”

Lashlee knows how the continued uncertainty will be perceived, but the assistant tried to put a positive spin on the ongoing quarterback saga.

“It doesn't have to be something negative all the time,” Lashlee said. “When you break camp and go to school next Tuesday it would be great to have things narrowed down or make that decision but we're not going hurry up and make the wrong decision just to make it to say we've made it. If we're not making the decision it's because we have multiple guys doing a good job, I can tell you that.”