Auburn scored just nine points last week in a loss to Mississippi State with Sean White in place as its new starting quarterback. Even though the offensive output was lacking, he will get another chance on Saturday against San Jose State.
“Sean gave the offense a good spark,” head coach Gus Malzahn told reporters on Tuesday. “He will start again.”
White was 20-for-28 on pass attempts for 188 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Saturday was the first time a college team with Malzahn on staff failed to score a touchdown, but Malzahn gave the offense high praise on Monday.
“For the first time I felt like we were in rhythm,” Malzahn said on his radio show.
Auburn had its highest rushing yardage total (201) of the season but didn’t convert that production into touchdowns. The Tigers’ offense moved the ball into the red zone four times but came up with just six points.
White will get a second game under center, but Malzahn declined to comment on White’s status as the starter beyond this week. The redshirt freshman threw a critical red-zone interception on the first drive of the game, but after that he did not make any glaring mistakes.
White and the Tigers will get a chance to build on the offensive rhythm they had in the previous game. Auburn’s scoring is down to 22 points per game from 35.5 last season.
“We take great pride in scoring points around here, and we haven’t done that.” Malzahn said.
Gus on identity of offense: "When you change QBs there's going to be some transition. That's kinda been slowing the process down"
— Tom Green (@AUBlog) September 29, 2015