Auburn's Sean White fought through a knee injury to pas for 258 yards against Ole Miss
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Sean White wasn't the picture of health. His knee brace gave that away. But his desire was there, a game-time decision to play went his way and there he was throwing the first college touchdown pass of his career.
The Auburn quarterback gave it his best shot, but he couldn't stop Ole Miss from winning 27-19 Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
"I wasn't 100 percent, but I felt like I was good enough to go for my teammates," White said. "It was just frustrating we came up short."
"He is," said coach Gus Malzahn, "a champion."
White was 12-of-28 passing for 258 yards and a touchdown pass to Ricardo Louis, all coming on one good knee. He hurt his left knee against Arkansas the week before, and White said it was swollen at various times leading up to the game.
"I couldn't move around sometimes as much as I wanted to. I was still able to play. I felt fine," White said.
"Sometimes I can't step into it as much as I want to. But I was able to go. There are no excuses."
Offensive lineman Shon Coleman said he was impressed with White's toughness and attitude.
"He's a tough kid. We knew he'd push through it. We expect guys to push through it," Coleman said.
White practiced a little Tuesday, otherwise, he was rehabbing the knee. Malzahn didn't make his final decision on who would start until pregame warmups.
"I told him I was ready to go," White said. "He thought I looked good, and I could move around, and he let me start."
Receiver Ricardo Louis said he appreciated White playing "because I know he was hurting."
"All throughout practice, he was struggling. He came today and put us in a position to win."
White, starting for the fifth straight time, threw his first college touchdown pass to Louis, a 47-yarder, early in the second quarter. Auburn scored on five drives, but, unfortunately for the Tigers, four of them resulted in field goals.
Auburn got to 3 twice before settling for field goals.
"It's frustrating to get that close. It's not just at the 18 or the 19, you're inside the 5. It's frustrating. You've got to get it fixed," White said.
"But, at the same time," he added, "you've got to look at the bright side of things. We're in all these games. There are a few plays here and there that are the difference. We've just got to make those plays."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine