Rhett Lashlee gives a passing grade to Sean White's first start
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. ― Rhett Lashlee says he likes what he saw in quarterback Sean White in his first college start in what just happened to be his first college game.
Following the lead of head coach Gus Malzahn, Auburn's offensive coordinator endorsed the way White handled himself against Mississippi State last weekend. White will try to build on that in Saturday's 3 p.m. homecoming game against San Jose State.
"He's done fine this week in practice. I think for that not only being his first start, but being his first collegiate snaps, he gave us a good shot in the arm a little bit and did some things really well," Lashlee said after Wednesday's practice. "He competed hard. He did a lot of things right as far as making the right reads, going the right places with the ball. He took some shots in the pocket and delivered the football on time. He did some good things that he can build on for a first start. But, obviously, he'll be the first to tell you we got to win. So that's where we're going to try to pick up with this week."
Lashlee said White wasn't limited last week and "he'll do whatever the game plan calls for."
Lashlee said Auburn has been working to find the elusive big play. The Tigers have been limited to eight plays of more than 20 yards through the first four games. Lashlee said defenses have tried to take away the deep pass.
"We had a lot of long drives last week; we didn't finish any of them," he said. "But at the same time, as we've said, we've got to find a way to generate some explosive plays regardless of what they're doing."
• Lashlee said he likes the way freshman running back Kerryon Johnson has performed.
"He's picking everything up. We gain more and more confidence with him every week. He's explosive, he makes some really good plays and he will continue to be a big part of what we do."
Still, it is Peyton Barber has rushed for more than 100 yards three times.
"Peyton was running the football really well there for a good clip and right now he's the guy that's proven, from the ball security standpoint and just the toughness standpoint, he can carry that load. That's not to say Kerryon couldn't, though," Lashlee said.
Lashlee said running back Jovon Robinson has been slowed by an ankle injury.
Lashlee said running back Roc Thomas "hasn't missed a beat."
"We have been curious about how his durability would be, and so far he's continued to play. Until he can prove he can go for a stretch without getting nicked up, durability is a question.”
• Lashlee said former starting quarterback Jeremy Johnson is "doing well."
"Nobody likes to be in that situation. I'm proud of how he's handling it right now. It's not easy, it's a lot harder than people really think for a young man. He's done a really good job, and his teammates are supporting, and helping him."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine