Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn has finally named his new starting quarterback, as he announced after practice Thursday that Sean White will be his Week 1 starter.
Sean White will be Auburn's starting quarterback on Sept. 3 vs. Clemson.
— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 25, 2016
In the end, White’s experience running the Tiger’s offense won him the job. He beat out senior Jeremy Johnson and junior college transfer John Franklin III for the right to be starter in what was a long, drawn-out competition.
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Malzahn said, “We have confidence in Sean and, more importantly, his teammates have confidence in Sean.”I think he’s improved in all areas,” he added. “He competed at a high level last year and battled through some injuries.”
White started five games in middle of 2015 season before suffering injury against Arkansas.
White, a 6’0”, 200-pound signal caller from Boca Raton, Florida is not coming off the most productive of seasons, though. Last season, while appearing in seven games, he threw for 1,166 passing yards and one touchdown with four interceptions, while completing 58 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 35 yards on 30 carries.
Last season proved to be a real struggle for Auburn, as the Tigers went just 7-6 overall and 2-6 in SEC play, where they finished in last place in the SEC West Division. Auburn but did beat Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl, though.
White and the Tigers won’t have it easy to start, as they will open their 2016 season when they host Clemson on September 3.
This is an important season for Malzahn—some say make or break—as some have him on the proverbial hot seat heading into the year.