Gus Malzahn talks QB situation
At his Tuesday press conference, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn was unsure who his quarterback would be on Saturday, when the Tigers host Georgia.
Starting quarterback Sean White suffered a knee injury in the Tigers’ 54-46 quadruple overtime loss to Arkansas on Oct. 24, and is still recovering from the injury. White did not play last week against Texas A&M, although he was available in an emergency. Jeremy Johnson took over as Auburn’s signal caller and led the Tigers to a 26-10 win.
Although he’s not sure who will start, Auburn’s coach feels comfortable with both quarterbacks.
Gus Malzahn on quarterbacks Sean White and Jeremy Johnson: “We’ve proven we can win with both of them.” — Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) November 10, 2015
Malzahn: Much more to QB decision than Sean White’s healthy. “We feel very good going into this game about our quarterback situation.”
— John Zenor (@jzenor) November 10, 2015
The coach felt Johnson played better against Texas A&M than he had earlier in the season. The junior quarterback completed 13 of 17 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown, and did not turn the ball over.
Auburn’s Gus Malzahn on QB Jeremy Johnson: “He does have his edge back. He does have his confidence back. And we have confidence in him.” — Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) November 10, 2015
Jovon Robinson and Peyton Barber have both run the ball well for Auburn this year, and their coach likes having them both.
“We have confidence in all the running backs that we have,” Malzahn said.
According to Malzahn, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee had a bigger input in the offensive gameplan for Texas A&M.
Malzahn said that wide receiver Tony Stevens has gotten better recently. Stevens caught two passes for 38 yards last week.
Malzahn says the last two weeks Tony Stevens has made a couple of wow plays down the field “he’s starting to want the football” — Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) November 10, 2015
Someone told Malzahn that Auburn has lost fewer fumbles than any team in the country, a statistic the coach was happy to hear.
Malzahn just learned that Auburn leads the nation in fewest fumbles lost. “We do lead the nation? That’s good.” https://t.co/8jcrW7tsfr
— Tom Green (@AUBlog) November 10, 2015
Freshman defensive back Jeremiah Dinson is out for the season after tearing three ligaments and dislocating his shoulder during the third quarter of the Texas A&M game. Dinson was on the receiving end of a block from Texas A&M wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones that was initially called targeting, but later reversed after an official review.
“He tore three ligaments in his knee, dislocated his knee and dislocated his shoulder,” Malzahn said.
Auburn (5-4) hosts Georgia (6-3) at noon on Saturday. The game will be shown on CBS.
One thing that impresses Malzahn about Georgia is its defense.
“They defended us probably better than anybody did last year,” Auburn’s coach said.