Auburn names starting QB for 2016
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has tabbed sophomore Sean White to lead the Tigers’ offense against Clemson during Week 1.
Malzahn announced the news Thursday evening during his press conference.
Malzahn named White the starter over returner Jeremy Johnson and JUCO transfer John Franklin III, but he added that the quarterback race was “close.” Malzahn named White the starter to give him a full week to prepare with the first team. All three quarterbacks split reps throughout spring practice, and it was the same rotation during the team’s two-week training camp.
Auburn hasn’t decided whether Franklin or Johnson is the backup quarterback yet.
White finished the 2015 season completing 83-of-143 passes for 1,167 yards and one touchdown compared to four interceptions.
The Tigers turned to White three weeks into the 2015 season when Jeremy Johnson struggled against LSU in a 45-21 loss that cost him his starting gig.
While White may not be known as a “dual-threat” quarterback, he’s plenty elusive enough to make Auburn’s offense potent at the position. He as 4.6 speed and a good enough arm to make all the throws.
Can White make Auburn’s offense explosive again?
The good news is that Auburn’s defense should be very good.