Auburn quarterback Sean White and running back Peyton Barber are back on the practice field after barely participating in last week’s workouts because of injury.
“They (Barber and White) were both out there at practice yesterday,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said on the SEC teleconference Wednesday. “We’ll see (how they progress) as we get going through the week,” Malzahn said.
White, who was a game-time decision, and Barber both played in Auburn’s 27-19 loss to Ole Miss this past Saturday. However, neither player was effective. White had his worst completion percentage in a game this season (42.9 percent). He also threw an interception, although he did connect with Ricardo Louis for his first career touchdown pass.
Barber carried the ball just eight times for a season-low 17 yards and ended a streak of three consecutive games with a touchdown. With Barber limited, junior-college transfer Jovon Robinson was given the majority of the carries against the Rebels. He had just four carries coming into the game, but he finished with 91 yards on 18 rushes.
“He (Robinson) gave our run game a shot in the arm when we really needed it,” Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said on Sunday, according to the Ledger Enquirer’s Michael Niziolek. “We’re in a stretch right now, a physical stretch, that’s why we need all those guys.”
White and Barber should play this week barring any setbacks in practice, but it is unclear if either will be 100 percent. The Tigers need all the offensive production they can get this week to keep up with a Texas A&M offense that averages 431.8 total yards per game.
“Offensively at the skill positions they’re (Texas A&M) very talented,” Malzahn said on Wednesday. “It will be a big task for us.”