Auburn, Ala.--Following a long preseason battle with Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin, on Thursday sophomore Sean White was tabbed as the starting quarterback for the Auburn Tigers as they prepare to face No. 2 Clemson in the season opener on Sept. 3. A player that showed promise last season until an injury in the overtime loss to Arkansas caused him problems the rest of the season, White said the focus is all on improvement this season.
“It’s capable as far as we want to take it," White said of the offense. "Coach (Gus Malzahn) is going to put us in the right position. We all have confidence in coach Malzahn, he’s going to call good plays and Coach (Rhett) Lashlee. They are going to put us in the right spots. We just have to make plays and I feel like we can do that.”
One of the keys to being a winner at the quarterback position is taking on a leadership role both on and off the field. That's something that White said has improved with experience and maturity for him and it's a goal every time he takes the field for the Tigers.
“It’s conscious effort for sure," White said of being that vocal leader. "It’s also been kind of natural. I’m more comfortable and I’m older. I don’t really have to think about today I really have to go out and lead this team. I just go out there and take control because you feel like you are out there you are the older guy, the quarterback. You got your receivers and offensive line looking to you.”
Having to share reps with Johnson and Franklin throughout the spring and preseason, White has missed out on a lot of work that would normally go to the starting quarterback. That's something he'll now have a full week to work on before the opener against one of the nation's most talented teams. As the decision got closer the redshirt sophomore got more and more of the work in practices, something he believes has already started that process of coming together that is so important for a successful offense.
"Sure, anytime in the preseason it’s not going to be 100 percent, in mid-season form," White said of the reps. "e have come leaps and bounds from the spring then the beginning of fall camp until now. We are really starting to put it together. By next week, we should really be gelling pretty well.”