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Auburn's starting QB? Gus Malzahn will wait and see
Nov. 9, 2015

Jeremy Johnson
Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson was the winning quarterback against Texas A&M

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. Gus Malzahn is not ready to make the call on who'll be his starting quarterback when Auburn meets Georgia on Saturday, but he said Monday he's comfortable with both Jeremy Johnson and Sean White heading into the game.

Johnson started in place of the injured White last Saturday and helped Auburn to a 26-10 win over Texas A&M.

Malzahn said he's not sure if White has recovered from two injuries, one a knee problem, to be able to play in Saturday's 11 a.m. game in Jordan-Hare Stadium. White didn't practice last week, and as far as this week, "we'll just have to see how it goes tomorrow at practice." That leaves the starting job up in the air.

"We're not for sure as far this week goes at this point," Malzahn said on the university's Tiger Talk radio show Monday night. "But we do have two good quarterbacks. We have two guys who have actually won road games in the SEC, which is extremely tough to do. We're happy to have two of them."

Malzahn agreed that having two experienced quarterbacks will help.

"In the long run, it definitely does. I think both of them are playing very solid football right now, which is very important this time of year," he said.

Someone in the audience praised Johnson was for saying he played the A&M game for White.

"Both of those guys are close," Malzahn said. "Playing quarterback in this league is extremely challenging, on the field and off the field. Quarterbacks understand, and they have that natural bond. Both of those young men have a lot of respect for each other, and they root for each other. I think that's very important. Most of our players on our team are that way, too. That's something that is really special about Auburn. Our players care for each other, they truly care for each other, they play for each other."

While White's injury status is under review, Malzahn said defensive back Jeremiah Dinson's season is over after suffering a leg injury against Texas A&M.

"We won't have him back this year," Malzahn said. "That was a tough one. He's a great kid. He's done a very good job as a true freshman."


Malzahn said running back Jovon Robinson, who has rushed for 250 yards in the last two games, "has been running hard. The last two weeks he's been looking to run people over. He's fresh, too."

Here's a story on Robinson.

• Malzahn called Shon Coleman "if not the best, one of the best in our league" in the offensive line.

• He said Auburn versus Georgia "is one of those special weeks… it should be a good one."

• Place-kicker Daniel Carlson was named one of the Lou Groza Award's "Stars of the Week" Monday for his performance at Texas A&M. He hit four field goals in College Station and has hit 12 straight overall. He's the only kicker in the country who has four field goals of at least 51 yards this season. 

The Lou Groza Award selection committee named Carlson one of its semifinalists for the national award last week.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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