Auburn coaches say they're still confident in backup QBs John Franklin III and Jeremy Johnson
It was clear to everyone watching Saturday’s Auburn-Georgia game that Auburn QB Sean White was in pain during the second half.
After the game, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee told AL.com that the Auburn staff has confidence in Johnson and Franklin, but felt sticking with White was the right move:
“When you’ve gone on a six-game winning streak and your offense has become the No. 1 offense in the league at that point behind a quarterback who’s playing arguably as good as anybody in the league, you’re going to go with your guy,” Lashlee said. “The New England Patriots aren’t going to bench Tom Brady if he goes 0 for 7 on third downs in a half, and so again Sean is our starter. He deserves a lot of credit, one for getting us where we are, but also his toughness to get here.
“That’s not to say we don’t have confidence in John and Jeremy. It’s just not a lot of people are going to make that change because things aren’t going well. I need to take more of the blame than he does or anyone else because the third downs in the second half, I’ve got to give our guys better opportunities. I’ve got to give them better plays.”
However, changes may be coming at the quarterback position. In a since-deleted tweet, Auburn freshman QB Woody Barrett implied he would see the field against Alabama A&M this weekend.
Whether the Tigers burn Barrett’s redshirt or stick with one of their other three quarterbacks will be a hot-button issue all week long.