Auburn, Ala.--Coming off the best performance of the season for an Auburn quarterback, redshirt freshman Sean White looks to be the starter for the Tigers heading into this week’s game at Arkansas according to offensive coordinator Sean White. “I think it’s safe to say he’ll probably start the game on Saturday,” Lashlee said on Sunday.
Completing 17-27 passes for 255 yards in the win over Kentucky, White connected with Ricardo Louis seven times for 154 yards as Auburn had several big plays in the passing game. Lashlee said that was an important part of what the Tigers wanted to do going on the road and it paid off.
“We wanted to be aggressive and give guys a chance to make plays and he did that,” Lashlee said. “He made some really good decision and really good throws and even when it was kind of covered, he put the ball in position where Ricardo or somebody could go up and make a play on the ball.”
Even though Lashlee said White got away with a poor decision on the goal line when he threw a pass that could have easily been intercepted, Thursday was the second consecutive game without a turnover for the Auburn offense. That’s definitely another step in the right direction for an offense looking for anything positive.
“I thought his ball security was much better,” Lashlee said. “ I think he'll just get more and more confident and it's something we can build on.”
That confidence is something that White has instilled in his teammates as well. Since first stepping on the field against Mississippi State he has left it all on the field and wide receiver Marcus Davis said as a player that makes you a believer.
“It’s just the confidence he’s played with,” Davis said of what stands out about White. “With the lack of inexperience, but he plays with a lot of confidence and shows courage.”
Now with three games under his belt and another road start coming up this Saturday for an 11 a.m. kickoff at Arkansas, White will have his work cut out for him against the physical Razorback defense. Lashlee said it’s the job of not just White, but the entire Auburn offense and he believes his young quarterback is continuing to grow into the role as the man for the Tigers.
“He competes so hard,” Lashlee said. “ He plays so hard. He's tough. He'll stand in there and take a hit. I think the guys see that. There's still a little bit of him worrying about making sure what he's supposed to be doing, but I have seen some things even on the sidelines, going down to the linemen and receivers, to try to encourage guys or whatever the situation calls for. That's a role you hope a guy continues to grow into the more and more he plays.”