AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football’s quarterback battle will take plenty of spotlight next Saturday in the annual A-Day game. However, one of the Tigers’ top competitors at the position won’t be in action.
Junior quarterback Sean White, the returning starter, won’t participate as he continues to recover from a broken forearm sustained in the Sugar Bowl in early January.
“We’re just not going to take a chance on somebody running into his arm,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Saturday. “Things are going great and just don’t want him falling down. So no, he won’t participate in A-Day.”
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White returned to practice this spring in a limited capacity. He hasn’t participated in full 11-on-11 drills, but he splits first-team reps with JUCO transfer Jarrett Stidham in 7-on-7 work.
Senior wide receiver Jason Smith said White is looking good in the competition.
“I like Sean White and Stidham,” Smith said. “Both of them can throw it. I would have to sit down and examine what they’re doing right and wrong, but I mean, both of them are making plays. They’re getting the ball to us.
“We don’t have no choice but to catch it because they’re putting it on the money. I can’t wait to see who the guy is going to be.”
Malzahn said Saturday that White is the only Auburn player who will miss A-Day because of injury, outside of those who were ruled out for the entire spring.
“I mean, we’ve been pretty blessed to stay pretty healthy,” Malzahn said. “There’s a couple guys that maybe just a little bit banged up today, but nothing major and knock on wood, that’s been a blessing.”