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Auburn's Quarterback Starter for the Georgia Game Still to Be Decided, Malzahn Says

Gus Malzahn talks about the quarterback situation heading into Saturday's rivalry game vs. the Georgia Bulldogs.

Jeremy Johnson (above) looks to pass vs. Texas A&M.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn said on Tuesday that Sean White is doing better physically than he was last week, but wouldn’t say the redshirt freshman will be ready to resume his role as starting quarterback on Saturday vs. Georgia.

With White unable to play vs. Texas A&M,  Jeremy Johnson regained his starting role and performed well in Auburn’s 26-10 upset road victory over then No. 24 Texas A&M. Johnson hit 13-17 passes and directed an offense that did not have a turnover.

“I?am not for sure right now who will be the first guy out there,” Malzahn said. “I will tell you this--we have got confidence in both these guys. Both of these guys have won SEC games on the road and I think that says a lot. I?know our players and coaches have confidence in both of them also.”

Commenting on White’s mobility, the head coach said, “It was a little better Sunday, but we didn’t do a whole lot, but a little better. We will know more after today and after tomorrow, and after Thursday, and will be able to make better calls on that.”

Commenting on Johnson having his best game of the season vs. the Aggies after being out of the starting lineup for five games, Malzahn said he liked the comeback performance vs. the Aggies.

“I think that says a lot about him and his character,” the coach said. “He went through a storm the first part of the season. That is extremely tough on a quarterback and he hung in the battle, he practiced well like I talked about for two or three weeks and he was prepared to start against Ole Miss. Then Sean was able to go (vs. Ole Miss) and he bounced back the next week and had another good practice, and then he seized the moment on the road. I know that gives him confidence moving forward.”

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Sean White broke into the starting in game four vs. Mississippi State and stayed there until the Texas A&M game.

Asked if the decision will be based on White's health, Malzahn said, "There's a lot more to it than that.  I think right now me and Coach (Rhett) Lashlee will get to gether. I think the big thing for everyone is we have confidence in both of them, and we should. We feel very good going into this game with our quarterback situation."

Senior Melvin Ray said the offense should be fine no matter who is the quarterback. “Honestly, we have done so much switching with them throughout the whole year, even fall camp and everything, there has been so much switching that as a receiver we are so used to both of them now.

“You kind of got a feel what you are going to get when each guy gets in there,” Ray said. “We have a feeling with both of them now. It's not anything new. We're really kind of comfortable with it.”

Auburn and Georgia will kick off shortly after 11 a.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium and the game will be televised by CBS.

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