Auburn's Gus Malzahn Says He Is Abandoning His Three-Quarterback Rotation Plan

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is changing his approach with his quarterbacks for game two vs. Arkansas State.

Auburn, Ala.-- Gus Malzahn said on Tuesday the three-quarterback system that Auburn used in game one is being put on the shelf as the Tigers prepare for game two vs. Arkansas State.

“Offensively, our plan going in was to be aggressive,” Malzahn said. “Our plan was to play all three quarterbacks. We thought it would be successful. Obviously, it wasn’t.”

Malzahn said that redshirt sophomore Sean White, who started the 19-13 loss to Clemson, will be the No. 1 quarterback and juco transfer John Franklin will get the No. 2 reps in practice this week.

Jeremy Johnson, who was number two on the depth chart for the opener, is now No. 3. “Jeremy is still going to get reps in practice,” Malzahn said. “Jeremy will be ready if called upon. Jeremy will be ready if we need him.”

After Saturday night’s game Auburn’s head coach wasn’t ready to say the three-quarterback system didn’t work. On Tuesday he said, “We thought it was a good plan. Obviously, it wasn't. The changing in and out hurt our tempo, obviously.”

Asked about his thought process for the Clemson game plan, he said, “Going into the first game the plan was we were going to throw a lot at them. We felt like all three quarterbacks had some things they could be successful with. We were going to give them a lot to think about.

“We weren’t as successful as I thought we would be with those, but that was the plan,”?he added. “A little unknown right there throwing a lot at an opponent. We are moving forward with Sean White and bringing along John Franklin.”

Commenting on White, Malzahn said, “Sean is a tough guy--I think everybody knows that. Sean took some licks. He hangs in there. He can throw the ball down the field. He bought himself a little time on a couple of those, especially the one we got the pass interference call. He did an outstanding job of buying himself some time and took a good lick. He has got a good control of our offense, too.”

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