Malzahn not ready to commit to a starting quarterback against Georgia
Freshman quarterback Sean White’s injury opened the door for junior Jeremy Johnson to sneak back into the quarterback rotation last weekend against Texas A&M. According to Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, both quarterbacks could play against the Bulldogs this weekend.
"It is a possible you could see both." Malzahn said. "We are not ready to say that yet but we want to see how (White) does today and tomorrow and then we’ll be able to make a better call Thursday or Friday.”
Auburn’s road upset of A&M was the first game in which Johnson saw meaningful action and did not throw in interception. Not only did the quarterback protect the ball, he completed 13 of 17 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown, giving the Tigers just enough balance in a game dominated by the ground game.
Meanwhile before sustaining a knee injury, White had thrown for at least 250 yards in all three of Auburn’s games following its bye week.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt had high praise for both players during Wednesday’s SEC coaches teleconference.
"Both of them are outstanding players," Richt said. "You look at Jeremy, he’s 5-1 as a starter. Sean has played really, really well in a lot of big games. They both have big game experience, they both have been to war so to speak, against great defenses.
"Watching Jeremy play last week, very impressive. He had a lot of energy, he seemed very excited. He seems like he’s a guy that even though he had the high expectations and he lost his job, instead of crying and moping it sounds like he just kept working and grinding and believing. He got a chance to get back there as a starter and did a beautiful job."
Malzahn was asked during the teleconference if White has been able to practice with the first team offense to begin the week of practice. His carefully worded response gave some information without tipping his hand.
“He was able to practice," Malzahn said. "We are trying to slowly acclimate him in for what he can do, but he’s not 100% but he was able to practice.”