AUBURN, Ala. — Sean White has plenty of reason to be frustrated with how this spring has unfolded on the Plains.
White finds himself in the early stages of yet another quarterback competition against a lauded JUCO transfer in Jarrett Stidham. This time, however, he’s spent most of Auburn’s practices watching from the sidelines after having offseason surgery on the forearm he broke in the Sugar Bowl. Doctors inserted a metal plate into the arm to aid in healing.
Instead of sulking, White has managed to find the positives. Atop that list is Gus Malzahn and new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey’s promise to hold off on naming a starter until this fall.
“I think the coaches and stuff have done me right and given me a fair chance and say that, ‘We’re going to wait until Sean gets healthy to make a decision,’ and stuff like that. So I appreciate that.”
With that pressure lifted, White has been able to focus completely on his rehab and recovery, a process that’s gone according to plan.
“It’s just been a lot of rest, really, to get the bone right,” White said. “We did a really good job in the training room working to make sure I got all my forearm strength back and stuff like that. I don’t feel any different, really.”
The move also has given White a window to familiarize himself with Lindsey, another transition that’s been easy overall.
“I think Coach Lindsey has been really good,” White said. “He’s made the transition smooth and I’m excited to play for him. He seems like he’s going to be a really good coach. … He knows his stuff. I think he’s going to help me a lot as a quarterback.”
Because of the physical limitations, White has had to get creative in finding other ways to gain an edge for the fall, something he’s grown accustomed to in recent years.
“I want to be out there playing and scrimmaging and stuff like that,” White said. “But it’s out of my control. I’m just trying to do the most I can to still get the mental reps and still get the reps in other ways — 7 on 7, 1 on 1 — so I can still learn the offense and make progress in that way. … It’s been about the same thing every year, so it’s just another spring, another competition. I’m trying to make myself even better so I can be a better quarterback.”