AUBURN, Ala. — There are plenty of questions surrounding Auburn’s offense right now.
How healthy is Sean White? Will Kamryn Pettway be available Saturday against Georgia? What’s the plan if neither offensive star is 100 percent?
Those questions might still linger into game day, but Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee met with the media Wednesday to discuss a wide variety of topics, injury statuses included. Auburn (7-2, 5-1 SEC) travels to Georgia (5-4, 3-4) to face a mediocre Bulldogs team. But Georgia’s advantage in the rivalry over the past decade adds intrigue despite Auburn entering as a big favorite.
Here’s what Lashlee said.
- “Going to Georgia, it’s one of the best rivalries in the country, especially in the South … We have a lot of respect for Georgia,” Lashlee said.
- Kamryn Pettway status: “He was out there today. He dressed out. At this point, I’d say he’s day-to-day … We’re optimistic.”
- Sean White is “much improved” from last week. Said both players were able to participate.
- How does White’s health alter game planning? “Really, if he can play, none. In a game like this, you’re going to win the game. We wouldn’t put him out there if he wasn’t ready to execute the game plan, protect himself.”
- Lashlee is downplaying health issues at RB: “Stanton, for a guy his size, is real tough. Guys like him present a bunch of different problems … We’re doing it as a team offense. Bubba’s been playing pretty well lately. KJ is going to be as healthy as he’s been since the Mississippi State game.”
- Tony Stevens is back. “It’s huge. He’s a senior. Him and Sean are on the same page. He has a lot of confidence in him … It is good to have him back.”
- Lashlee finding silver linings in John Franklin III performance: “I think it was invaluable. He got to start an SEC game against a really good defense. Other than the fumble, I thought he did some really good things.”
- Is Kerryon Johnson back to normal? “I think so … If he hadn’t got nicked up, I think he’d be about a 1,000-yard back too … He’s probably our most versatile guy. We direct snap it to him. He’s shown he can be a 25-30 carry back … We try to use him every way we can.”
- “Kirby has been one of the best defensive coordinators in the last 10 years for a reason.”
- On Georgia’s defense: “They’re playing a lot of good, talented young players. They play hard. They force a lot of turnovers in the secondary. That’s something they’ve always done. They’ve given up some big plays at times … Lorenzo Carter can really rush the passer … We’re very familiar with them. I think they’ve gotten better as the year’s gone on.”