Sean White was on the go in his first college start at Auburn
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Sean White was thrust into the spotlight in his first-ever college game.
Auburn's new starting quarterback didn't blink.
White completed 20-of-28 passes for 188 yards and rushed 11 times for 29 yards, though he had considerably more than that before sacks eroded that number. He didn't throw a touchdown pass, though, and the bottom line left him wanting more after Mississippi State's 17-9 win Saturday night in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
"I think I did OK, I think I did some good things, but at the end of the day, you want to win," White said.
Offensive lineman Shon Coleman gave a stronger endorsement: "He did great. He went out there with a lot of confidence. I think he did his thing out there."
White said his first game "was fun," except for the outcome.
"It was pretty much what I expected -- with contact," he said.
"That's why I came to Auburn, to play in games like this. I wish I could have pulled out the win.
"This is my first game. I'll learn from it."
White said he was ready to go after redshirting last season and watching the first three games on the sidelines this season.
"I felt fine," White said. "Obviously, disappointed, but I felt good playing for the first time and I felt comfortable.
"My teammates helped me with that. They did a good job around me."
White started fast, completing his first four passes, but his fifth pass was intercepted near the goal line. Malzahn was ready for him.
"I said, 'keep your head up, keep going with it,'" Malzahn said. "That's the way he responded. He really responded after that."
White said the interception was the result of a bad read. "But I'll correct on film. I'll be better next week, or whenever."
Overall, White said, "I thought we fought really hard. I think the defense played great for us to giving us opportunities. I thought we fought to the end, and there are a lot of things we can build on.
"We have a lot of good guys on the team, a lot of hard workers. Nobody has quit, I'll tell you that right now. Nobody has quit on the season. We're ready to get back to practice, back to watch the film, fix what we did wrong and get ready for San Jose" next Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
White replaced Jeremy Johnson, who started the first three games.
"There are no hard feelings. We're good friends even if we didn't play football," White said. "This hasn't affected our relationship at all. He's tried to help me during the game. He was a big help to me."
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Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine