Auburn quarterback Sean White has played well since taking over for Jeremy Johnson two games ago, but the starting job is still not set in stone heading into Thursday’s game against Kentucky.
“I don’t know yet,” Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee told reporters on Sunday night. “I believe in both guys.”
Johnson has played sparingly since being benched, but Lashlee did not rule out using both quarterbacks against the Wildcats.
“Both guys are still competing,” Lashlee said, according to the Ledger-Enquirer’s Michael Niziolek. “They did it last week, and they did it again today.”
Auburn’s offense has struggled to be explosive with White and Johnson at the helm. The Tigers are dead last in the SEC with 13 plays of 20 or more yards. The next closest team has 22.
Johnson appeared to lack confidence after Auburn lost on the road to LSU 45-21 in Week 3. The junior had six interceptions in his three starts, but Lashlee is still not ruling out Johnson regaining a more significant role.
“He (Johnson) hasn’t laid it down,” Lashlee said. I think that’s the first sign that there is an opportunity for him to regain confidence, and hopefully perform at the level he is capable of playing at.”
White has not been perfect either, but the reaction from the coaching staff to the redshirt freshman’s first two starts has been largely positive.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said he felt like the offense was in rhythm for the first time after White’s first start against Mississippi State, despite the Tigers scoring just nine points.
White has completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 296 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He also has 47 yards rushing on 15 carries.
It appears that neither player has separated himself enough to warrant being named the full-time starter. As far as the starter for Thursday’s game against Kentucky, that decision won’t come until later in the week.
“Coach (Malzahn) will make that call when it’s time,” Lashlee said.
Auburn OC Rhett Lashlee "good for players to have urgency" referring to QB competition
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