Sean White vying for another start for Auburn
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — You may have to tune in or buy a ticket if your really want to know who is starting at quarterback for Auburn on Thursday night. Gus Malzahn didn't say Wednesday who will get the first snap at Kentucky.
"We'll make that call right before we play," Malzahn said during the Wednesday's SEC coaches teleconference.
The competition for the job is between Sean White, who started the last two games; and Jeremy Johnson, who started the first three.
"We'll just see how things go," Malzahn said. "We just felt strong we needed to open up the competition. We feel like it will bring out the best in everybody, and really feel like It has. We'll just see how the rest of the season goes."
Johnson has hit 43 of 72 passes for 473 yards and five touchdowns and six interceptions. White has hit 26 of 38 passes for 296 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.
Auburn, 3-2, will be looking for its first SEC win against the Wildcats, who are 4-1, in the 6 p.m. game that will be televised by ESPN.
"I feel very good about the off week leading up to Kentucky," Malzahn said.
He said his players "really responded well over the off week and this week, and I feel good about the preparation."
"We're 3-2 right now and we haven't played what I consider our best football. The goal is, from a coach's standpoint, to get your guys better. I expect us to improve not only tomorrow night, but the rest of the season.
Malzahn also wished a fond farewell to Steve Spurrier, who retired as South Carolina's coach this week.
"His influence on me goes back to even as a high school coach wearing a visor. Since I've got to know him since I've been in college, he's been a mentor for me at times. I just really want to tell him I really appreciate everything that he's done for me. It's sad to see him go. He's been great for our league."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine