Auburn, Ala.--After two starts redshirt freshman Sean White still has plenty left to prove for the Auburn Tigers during this off week with a game at Kentucky coming up a week from Thursday. Following an up and down performance against San Jose State when he wasn’t asked to do much in the passing game, but put the ball on the ground several times, White needs to take his game to another level said Coach Gus Malzahn.
“He had a good week of practice and he was more comfortable,” Malzahn said. “I thought he executed well and made good decisions. He tucked the ball and ran one time on third and nine when everybody was covered and got us to fourth and one that we wound up getting on the next play.
“All but the ball security when he was running,” he added. “He’s not a running back. He needs to do a better job of getting down and securing the football. Besides that I thought he did a very solid job.”
As a runner White has shown himself to be fearless in his first two games for the Tigers. While that has its positives, Malzahn said in the end his job is to protect the football and that means not taking any unnecessary hits.
“He’s not Cam Newton,” Malzahn said. “He needs to get what he can and get down immediately and protect the football. What you do like is his attitude of being aggressive and really trying to be physical. In the college game you’ve got to be wise and get down. He’ll do a better job of that in the future.”
Calling White a competitor that his teammates really responded to, Malzahn said the redshirt freshman did a solid job of managing the game against San Jose State. That may not be enough to keep the job moving forward however as Malzahn said the competition continues with Jeremy Johnson this week and down the road.
“You want competition,” Malzahn said. “I think that brings out the best in everyone. From a quarterback standpoint both of those guys have respect for each other and root for each other. it’s a very healthy relationship.
“Sean White the last two weeks has been very good in practice as has Jeremy. Vice versa when Jeremy was starting, they supported each other. Both of those guys are still competing every day and that’s a healthy thing.”