Sean White gets the call to start against Mississippi State
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Sean White is Auburn's new starting quarterback, coach Gus Malzahn said Tuesday. White replaces Jeremy Johnson, who started the first three games.
White's first college appearance will come in Saturday's home game against Mississippi State.
Malzahn said he and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee decided to make the move Tuesday morning.
"Anytime you change quarterbacks it's not an easy decision," Malzahn said. "We feel like that's what's best for the offense right now.
"Sean White is a guy that has got a lot of reps. He's responded very well in practice and very well in scrimmages. I just feel like he needs a shot right now and we've got a lot of confidence in him."
"We'll get behind him. We're excited what he's going to do.
"We expect him to play well."
Malzahn said Johnson accepted the decision.
"Jeremy is a competitor, but he's a team guy too. He'll support Sean. He'll get reps still in practice and he'll be ready if he's called upon," Malzahn said.
"Right now, Sean White is our starter and that's how we'll go into the game."
Malzahn said White earned the chance to start.
"It more about what is best for the offense right now," he said. "Sean is a guy that we felt good about for a long time. He's earned that right and that's where we're at. That's what is best for the offense going into Mississippi State. I'm looking forward to going watching him play."
Malzahn said receivers, and former quarterbacks, Jonathan Wallace and Jason Smith will also take snaps in practice this week.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine