Auburn quarterback Sean White led the Tigers to a 35-21 win over San Jose State on Saturday, but the team still appears to have questions about who the starting quarterback will be moving forward.
“Game-by-game,” Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee told reporters on Sunday night when asked if White would be the starter for the remainder of the season.
The Tigers had their highest point total of the season on Saturday, but the passing game was not a significant part of Auburn’s offensive success. White wasn’t asked to do much because San Jose State could not stop Auburn’s ground attack.
White threw the ball just 10 times, completing six passes for 108 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. White’s stats would have looked better, but wide receiver Jason Smith dropped what would have likely been a long touchdown catch early in the game.
The Tigers ran the ball 48 times for 234 yards, as running back Peyton Barber accounted for all five of Auburn’s touchdowns.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said that the offense has more rhythm with White at quarterback, but the team is still far from the offensive juggernaut Auburn fans have been accustomed to seeing in the past.
“We’re not a big stat machine right now,” Lashlee said on Sunday. “I don’t think that’s a secret to anyone.”
White has not put up glamorous stats through two games, but he is not turning the ball over at the rate of his predecessor, Jeremy Johnson. Johnson’s six interceptions through the team’s first three games is one of the main reasons he was benched in favor of White, who has one turnover in two starts.
Unless White’s game deteriorates, it’s hard to envision Johnson regaining the job. However, it doesn’t sound like the staff is eager to name White the permanent starter.
“They (both quarterbacks) got to compete every day,” Lashlee said. “They both have to be ready to play because you never know what’s going to happen in game.”
Despite Lashlee’s comments, White appears to be the quarterback of the immediate future so you have to think there may be no turning back now.
There’s also the possibility that this may be a motivational tactic by the coaching staff, trying to coax the two quarterbacks into challenging one another in practice.
Only the coaches know the plan, so until further notice we’ll have to see how the quarterback situation unfolds for the rest of the season.
One game at a time.
Auburn OC Rhett Lashlee "game by game" on quarterbacks, not willing to say how pair will split up reps during bye week
— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) October 4, 2015