Auburn's Sean White, left, and Jeremy Johnson are heading to the Iron Bowl
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. ― Don't ask Auburn coach Gus Malzahn to give away any of his trade secrets, his game plan or the names of his plays heading into the Iron Bowl.
Did you really expect him to do it?
"You guys are trying to give all my secrets away," he joked with the media at his Tuesday press conference. "What else we want to tell them? Y'all want some reverses? We'll run some reverses. Y'all want some trick plays? We'll run some trick plays. Y'all want to know what they're called? Just ask me."
Malzahn allowed he's not sure how his quarterbacks will shake out this week, but figures to have a starter by the end of the week. The contenders are Jeremy Johnson, who started the last three games; and Sean White, who hurt his knee three games ago while starting five straight games.
He said it's likely starting offensive tackle Shon Coleman will play against Alabama after being held out of last week's game with a leg injury. He said he's not sure if starting center Austin Golson will be able to play because of a sore knee. He didn't play last week, either.
Malzahn praised Alabama across the board Tuesday. "Probably the most talented team in the country," he said. Otherwise, Auburn versus Alabama otherwise is shrouded by some mystery.
"You worry about everything in a week like this," Malzahn said. "In our state, both groups keep a close eye on each other and you worry about confidentiality. You worry about all that this week, but that's the way it is every year. That's part of what makes this rivalry special, though. You got to think ahead and protect what you're doing."
Like the decision on who's going to play quarterback?
"We haven't decided exactly who's going to start," Malzahn said. "The other day both of them practiced. Both of them we expect to practice. I'm hoping toward the end of the week to name a starter before we get to game day."
Malzahn said having two quarterbacks who have started is a positive.
"We've got two guys we feel good about that both have experience, both have won games on the road and in our league. Really, I'm looking at it more as a positive at this point in the season," he said.
Golson's availability is more in doubt.
"I think there's a chance, the fact that he was out there practicing," Malzahn said. "His mindset is very good. As a matter of fact, all the guys' mindsets are very good. I think all of them, this day right now, are expecting to play, but we'll see what happens."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine