Redshirt freshman Sean White was named Auburn’s new starting quarterback on Tuesday. White replaces junior Jeremy Johnson, who has struggled through three games throwing six interceptions.
“Any time you make a change at quarterback it isn’t an easy decision,” coach Gus Malzahn told reporters. “We feel like (White) needs a shot and we have confidence in him.”
White hails from Boca Raton, Fla., and he played football at University School in Fort Lauderdale. He threw for 2,679 yards and 30 touchdowns in his senior season.
White was ranked in the top six of quarterbacks in his class by 247Sports and Rivals. He was rated the No. 2 quarterback in the nation by ESPN.
The new starter performed well against other top recruits in the country. He was the Under Armour All-America Game MVP and Elite 11 Camp MVP in his senior season.
White played for coach Roger Harriott at University School, and his younger brother, Drew, is a junior linebacker playing for Harriott at powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas.
White’s best attributes are his arm strength and accuracy. Similar things were said about Johnson before the season started, but those opinions quickly evaporated after Johnson failed to improve over the first three weeks.
Johnson never seemed comfortable running the offense and his body language did not exude confidence.
White has never played at the college level so it will be interesting to see how he responds in his first appearance. We won’t know how he responds to adversity until he faces it in a game. It’s one thing to play well in practice, but doing it in a game your team needs to win is a different animal.
Auburn started the season with a quarterback who had only started two games.
Now, the Tigers will turn to a quarterback with even less experience, but an expectation of greater results.
White’s senior year high school highlights:
White at the Elite 11 & IMG 7v7 National Championship: