Auburn's Sean White will be looking for more success when he faces Ole Miss on Saturday
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Sean White had a long way to go, and had a short time to get there at Arkansas last Saturday.
The Auburn quarterback accepted the challenged.
White grabbed his two-minute offense and drove the Tigers to a tying field goal in the closing moments of regulation. Pressure?
"I think it's fun," White said. "The pressure's on for you to try to help your team to either tie or win the game, and that, as a quarterback, you like those situations. Those are situations you like to thrive in. Being down three points, I got my opportunity and, luckily, we were able to tie the game."
Daniel Carlson's field goal tied Arkansas with four seconds left, but the Razorbacks won 54-46 in four overtimes. Auburn will look for better results in Saturday's 11 a.m. home game against Ole Miss.
White's look at pressure, of talking up his receivers, of talking about leadership continued when he met the media Tuesday as he heads to his fifth career game.
"I think I'm just feeling more comfortable with every start," White said.
Auburn is 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the SEC. Ole Miss is 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the league.
Auburn was down by three with 1:07 to play and with no time outs when White moved Auburn from its own 26 to close enough for Carlson to tie Arkansas.
"Obviously, I wish we could have won a couple of those games, but I'm having fun playing with my teammates, playing for my coaches," White said. "Playing in the SEC, especially as a redshirt freshman, it's been a blessing. I'm just trying to take everything in stride and try to keep learning and get better because that's what I have to do."
"As a quarterback, you have to be a leader, but you don't want to step on the seniors' toes or anything like that, especially because I didn't start out the season as a starter. I feel as a quarterback I'm gaining my teammates' respect. My leadership role has to increase the more that I play. I think that's something that has been increasing and I'll continue to try to build that for my team."
White's stats: 63-of-97 for 805 yards. He was 19-of-32 passing for 254 yards against Arkansas, and could have had more if not for drops.
Auburn receiver Ricardo Louis had six catches, and said he should have had more if not for the balls that got away. White, as he did last Saturday, stood up for his receiver.
"He made a lot of good plays that put us in position to win and he's a great receiver," White said. "He'll use it as motivation. I think he was down on himself after the game, but I think now he's ready to use it as motivation for the rest of the season. He's going to be ready to go the rest of the season and keep making plays for us. I'm very confident in Ricardo."
Coach Gus Malzahn said White's attitude shows leadership.
"He's a tough kid," Malzahn said. "As a matter of fact, he was an encourager. 'Hey, I'm going to get it back to you.' That’s part of playing quarterback too — how you deal with your teammates and all that. I think he's got that pretty good hand on that, too."
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Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine