Sean White gives it a try, says Auburn will bounce back
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Sean White wasn't looking for sympathy. He was looking for a win. And so it was the Auburn quarterback who was sporting a knee brace played against Georgia on Saturday.
He wasn't 100 percent, his coach would say, but White gave it a shot in a 20-13 loss as he tried to recapture some of the magic that saw him start five consecutive games before hurting his knee three weeks ago. He didn't play the previous week against Texas A&M.
"Sometimes that's just the way it goes. That's college football," White said. "You're going to have fight through some adversity, and the last couple of weeks, I've been going through adversity. I didn't have as much success as I had hoped. I've got to come back and fight through it next week and come back stronger."
Auburn plays Idaho at 3 p.m. Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium looking for a bounce-back offensive performance. The defense turned in a strong performance by allowing one offensive touchdown for the second consecutive week.
White came off the bench to share quarterback duties with starter Jeremy Johnson.
"That was the game plan to play us both," Johnson said. "There was no confusion. I knew we'd both play in this game."
White didn't practice the week before the Texas A&M game, but got in enough practice time heading into Georgia to show he could play.
"I was comfortable to go out there and play. I wish I could have played better for my team," he said.
White and Johnson combined to hit 15-of-27 passes for 62 yards. Johnson showed his running side, rushing seven times for 31 yards, but was 42 yards on the plus side before sacks.
"We felt like we had some good opportunities in the passing game," said coach Gus Malzahn. "We went three-and-out and it obviously didn't work out."
White said the offense will bounce back from a frustrating day.
"That's part of being a quarterback. There's going to be ups and downs, especially in the SEC," White said. "You've got to be fight through adversity and when things don't go your way, you can't give up or quit. You've got to come and practice the next week and get better and figure out what you did wrong and fix it."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine