Auburn's Sean White played through a knee injury against Ole Miss
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. ― Rhett Lashlee knew better than try to tell injured quarterback Sean White he wasn't going to play Saturday.
"If I were to try to tell him in pregame warmups I didn't think he could go, I think we would have 12 men on the field the first play. He was going to play. He was determined," said Auburn's offensive coordinator.
Sean White, playing with a swollen knee, and a knee brace, was something of a surprise starter against Ole Miss on Saturday, considering he didn't practice the week leading up to the game, considering he had to show his coaches in pregame warmups he could go.
White did go, completed 12 passes for 258 yards, busted his knee brace in the process, and saw Auburn lose to Ole Miss 27-19. All things considered, Lashlee said it was an impressive performance.
"He's tough as nails," Lashlee said. "So far in five games, that's his No. 1 strength, in my opinion. He's just tough. He's a competitor. He's gritty.
"For not have practiced, he did a good job. There were a couple of things normally he would have made different decisions had he gotten the reps throughout the week ― you've got to remember he'd only played four games up to that point ― so not to practice in a whole week is a big deal. But he played tough, he gave us a chance."
Lashlee said Dr. James Andrews examined White after the game and "didn't think he was any worse off than before the game." Lashlee said he was optimistic that White will be able to play in Saturday's game at Texas A&M.
"I know he was frustrated last week not being able to practice," Lashlee said. "To go out there and not only play, but play good enough for us to win in a lot of aspects, shows a lot about him."
Lashlee said Auburn was prepared to start Jeremy Johnson, if needed, because "we didn't know if Sean was going to be able to go until right before kickoff."
Johnson did taking some snaps at quarterback. Kerryon Johnson did, too, as the Wildcat quarterback. But who knew what White could do?
"It truly was a game-time decision. Not only that, how long could he last?" Lashlee said. "From that standpoint, you know he's not full speed enough to run a lot. Don't ask him to do that. We had some plays designed for the quarterback to run, well, if he can't do it, who's the next quarterback? That's why Jeremy was inserted in a couple of those scenarios."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine