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Auburn's Sean White learning game while waiting his turn
April 6, 2015

Sean White is in the running for the quarterback job at Auburn

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- Sean White dressed out for every game last season. Didn't play a single down. But the Auburn quarterback said it wasn't a lost season.

He learned about the college game in what turned out to be a redshirt freshman year, and hopes that will help him in his future endeavors. You know, like the 2015 season.

Presently, he's competing with Jeremy Johnson for playing time as the Tigers move on from the Nick Marshall Era.

"I really got to learn about the SEC," says White of his tour of the league. 

But he learned more closer to home.

"The biggest I learned from Nick was his mental composure in any environment, whether it was the end of the game or a hostile crowd or anything like that. He was always had a calm mind and was focused on what he had to do. That's what I really picked up from him."

White and Johnson passed the halfway mark of spring practice in a scrimmage in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. Johnson, who played the last two seasons as Marshall's backup, has the experience and the stats.

"I can still learn a lot playing in the SEC," White said. "Experience always helps, kind of like how Jeremy learned from Nick. If that was to happen, I would be fine learning from a great quarterback like Jeremy. 

"I really do have the upmost respect for Jeremy. I think he's an outstanding quarterback, and I'm not just saying that. If Jeremy is going to be a starter, that's because he's a great quarterback. I understand that. 

"He's an NFL-type quarterback. He really is. I practice with him every day, and I learn from him."

Johnson checks in at 6-foot-5. White is 6-0. But White says he can make the throws, just like his taller counterpart.

"I've always felt people underestimate by arm because of my height," White said. "I'm really not the tallest quarterback, so they assume I really don't have a strong arm. But I feel I have a really strong arm. I think I can make any throw down the field."

White has impressive-enough stats, too. He passed for 2,679 yards and 30 touchdowns as a high school senior at University School in Boca Raton, Fla.
"He's very accurate," said coach Gus Malzahn. "He's got a strong arm. He understand trajectory and just knows where to put the ball and made some impressive throws."

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