Auburn hopes Sean White will be on the go against Mississippi State
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Sean White "practiced extremely well" Tuesday afternoon after being named Auburn's starting quarterback reports the guy who should know.
"Good energy, good focus," said coach Gus Malzahn. "His teammates really responded well to him."
Malzahn said Tuesday morning White would take over the starting quarterback job from Jeremy Johnson. White's first college snap will come against Mississippi State at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
"He's very accurate. He can run our entire offense. We feel comfortable calling everything," Malzahn said during Wednesday's SEC coaches teleconference.
Malzahn said White has impressed him with "his accuracy and quickly he picked up things" since arriving on campus last year.
Malzahn said he'll keep encouraging Johnson "to keep working, and really expect him to. He's got a lot of champion in him and we're going to be there to support him. His teammates have responded, too, so he's going to keep working hard to improve."
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said on the teleconference that the change in quarterbacks "doesn't change our game plan at all."
• Mullen called Auburn's Montravius Adams "one of the best, if not the best, D-linemen in the Southeastern Conference."
Malzahn said State quarterback Dak Prescott is "one of the better players in our league. Really, their leader, makes them go."
• Malzahn said the return of defensive back T.J. Davis remains on hold, saying he expects it to be "a little bit longer before he's completely 100 percent." Davis hasn't played after having knee surgery in the spring.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine