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Sean White | Quarterback

Team: Auburn Tigers
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200

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Auburn redshirt freshman QB Sean White went 8-for-14 for 103 yards and two interceptions in Wednesday's 31-10 thrashing of Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl.
White was given every opportunity to run away with the starting job this season but balked each time. We were expecting Jeremy Johnson to get the call here, but HC Gus Malzahn announced before the game that White would start. That wasn't the best decision, though it didn't matter because Auburn's defense turned into the 1986 Bears for an afternoon (Auburn outgained Memphis 402-205). White's second interception was returned by Reggis Ball 53 yards for touchdown to tie the game at 10-10 late in the second quarter. Malzahn called the bullpen and Johnson came off the bench to run and pass for a touchdown. Even with Johnson graduating, White is far from assured the starting gig in 2016. Wed, Dec 30, 2015 04:20:00 PM

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Auburn redshirt freshman QB Sean White will start against Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl.

Jeremy Johnson, who opened the season as the starter, played heavily in the last four games and played his best football of the season. White overtook Johnson during the year, with mixed results, but was sidelined with a knee injury. There will be plenty of talk this offseason regarding Auburn's starting job.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 10:53:00 AM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said redshirt freshman QB Sean White (knee) has "moved around very well" in pre-bowl practice.

"He moved around well even before the [Christmas] break," Malzahn said, "and then we had four days off right there and he's come back. I'm not going to say he's 100 percent but I think he's close." As to whether White or Jeremy Johnson will start in the Birmingham Bowl against Memphis on December 30, stay tuned. Malzahn refused to tip his hand, merely indicating that both quarterbacks have performed well in practice. Said the coach, "We've not made a decision on who's going to start. You could see both of them. We should have everybody offensively ready to go."
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 04:56:00 PM's Brandon Marcello believes redshirt freshman QB Sean White still has a chance to be the future of Auburn football.

"Some will argue Johnson's time has come and gone. His performance at Texas A&M was admirable and led the Tigers to a 26-10 victory, but White has been the more consistent and electric of the two. The injury bug has kept White on the sideline, but if he can continue to improve as a starter -- and have an explosive performance against Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl -- we may very well be witnessing the beginning of the White era at Auburn," Marcello wrote. The redshirt freshman was beginning to turn a corner, before sustaining an injury to his left knee in the fourth quarter against Arkansas on Oct. 24. The 6-foot, 200-pound White has passed for 1064 yards, with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions on his 2015 resume.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 03:58:00 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn says he'll name a starting quarterback for Saturday's game against Alabama by the end of the week.

White and Jeremy Johnson are both practicing. With White sidelined again last week, Johnson went 13-of-19 for 163 yards with four touchdowns (two rushing) and no interceptions against Idaho. The sledding is going to be a bit tougher against the No. 2 Tide in the Iron Bowl.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 07:16:00 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn admits redshirt freshman QB Sean White's knee injury may be worse than originally thought.

Malzahn put White into the Georgia game in the third quarter. That was a mistake, as White looked slow and awkward, unable to step into throws. Malzahn was asked why he put White in. "Obviously we didn't do a very good job offensively in the second half," Malzahn said. "Our plan was to play them both (Jeremy Johnson and White). When he got in there, he wasn't 100 percent. We felt like there was an opportunity for things we could do. It didn't work out. When you look back, obviously if we could change some things we probably would." White didn't have an answer when asked how healthy his knee was. Jeremy Johnson is likely to start against Idaho.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 08:18:00 PM

Auburn redshirt freshman QB Sean White completed 12-of-29 passes for 258 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Saturday's 27-19 loss to Ole Miss.

Incredibly, the 6-foot, 200-pound redshirt freshman's second quarter touchdown pass to Ricardo Louis was his first touchdown pass of the season (this was his fifth start). That throw was stellar -- and came off a sweet play-action fake that White sold valiantly -- but White reverted to his characteristic struggles after that. It's smart to get the gifted White's feet wet in this rebuilding campaign, but expect the growing pains to continue.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 04:23:00 PM

Auburn redshirt freshman QB Sean White is considered a game-time decision to play against Ole Miss.

Former starter and media darling Jeremy Johnson could start in White's place, the quarterback who unseated Johnson in late September. White suffered an undisclosed injury last week against Arkansas during a four overtime contest and finished the game.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 09:51:00 AM

Auburn redshirt freshman QB Sean White completed 17-of-25 passes for 255 yards and no interceptions in Thursday's 30-27 win over Kentucky.

Whatever White did during the bye week, he should probably keep doing that. The 6-foot, 200-pound redshirt freshman entered Thursday's game against a solid Kentucky defense having thrown for just 296 yards and an interception over the course of two games since taking over for Jeremy Johnson as Auburn's starting quarterback. On Thursday, though, he repeatedly found Ricardo Louis for nice gains, almost doubling up on his season yardage total in the process. While White didn't throw for a touchdown, this was clearly a step in the right direction. The Tigers head off for a date against Arkansas next week as they attempt to salvage their season.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 11:07:00 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn indicated that he's yet to settle on a starter for Thursday's showdown with Kentucky.

"Sean White has done nothing to lose the job," Malzahn admitted, "but we just want [White and Jeremy Johnson] competing." He said that the team would come to a decision on their starting quarterback later in the week. In two games since taking over for Johnson, the 6-foot, 200-pound White has completed 26-of-38 passes for 296 yards with an 0/1 TD/INT ratio. Vanilla numbers there, but Malzahn's comments at least seem to indicate that White currently maintains the edge over Johnson. Auburn heads to Lexington for a date with Kentucky on Thursday, helping to kick-off a loaded Week 7 slate.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 03:59:00 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn confirmed on Tuesday, that redshirt freshman QB Sean White will start against San Jose State.

The 6-foot, 200-pound redshirt freshman completed 20-of-28 passes for 188 yards, in his first start for the Tigers. Unfortunately, White failed to throw a touchdown, and threw one interception in Auburn's 17-9 loss to Mississippi State. White should have a much better outing versus San Jose State on Saturday.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 03:02:00 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said, "I think everyone saw that [redshirt freshman QB Sean White] competed [during Saturday's loss to Mississippi State]."

Malzahn was forgiving of White's miscues--notably a third-and-goal interception during the first quarter which he threw across his body--saying that "any time you’re playing an SEC opponent, especially in the West, and you’ve got a guy making his first start, he’s going to make some mistakes." Overall, the 6-foot, 200-pound redshirt freshman completed 20-of-28 passes for 188 yards. Auburn did not score a touchdown in the game. RB Peyton Barber was encouraging after the loss. Said Barber, "The sky's the limit for [White]." We'll see if he can start working closer toward that ceiling when the Tigers face San Jose State on Saturday.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 08:22:00 PM

Making his first start of the season, Auburn redshirt freshman QB Sean White completed 20-of-28 passes for 188 yards and an interception in Saturday's 17-9 loss to Mississippi State.

As you might be able to tell from the passing numbers, the Auburn game plan with newly-minted starter White was ultra-conservative. He averaged just 6.7 yards per completion. If the hope in replacing Jeremy Johnson was to instill some sort of offensive spark in the team, the Tigers will have to cross their fingers it pays dividends down the road. It certainly didn't on Saturday, as Auburn did not score a touchdown in the contest. For DFS purposes, if you're willing to take a risk on any Auburn player other than RB Peyton Barber at this point, you are a brave, brave human. White will try to improve on his vanilla numbers in a home showdown against San Jose State next weekend.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 01:55:00 AM

Trent Dilfer called Auburn redshirt freshman Sean White, a former pupil whom he coached at Elite 11 camp in 2013, a "program changer."

Dilfer said he was surprised when the Tigers named Jeremy Johnson starter over White in the spring. "Jeremy is a gifted athlete, but Sean is a tremendous passer," Dilfer said. "I thought if they wanted to throw the ball, I just assumed that was the direction they were going to go." Of course, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn reversed course and benched Johnson for White this week. The 6-foot, 200-pound White's frame will be questioned, but Dilfer doesn't think it's an issue and compared him to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. "We watch where these kids go, especially the really, really good ones," Dilfer said. "We call them program changers and we felt Sean was a program changer. We felt he was a guy who could change their program and allow them to have a sophisticated passing game, not just a play-action passing game."
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 05:39:00 PM

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has benched junior QB Jeremy Johnson and redshirt freshman Sean White will start versus Mississippi State.

Johnson was impressive in last year's season opener, but many took it overboard and with comparisons to Cam Newton. Johnson has been horrendous this season, leading Malzahn to choose a redshirt freshman as his new starter. White comes from the Elite 11 camp and was considered to be a 5-star recruit by many services. He has had a year in the system, which should help.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 12:24:00 PM