Auburn, Ala.--Coming off one of the worst offensive performances of the Gus Malzahn Era with the Auburn Tigers when they scored just seven points and were held to 164 yards of total offense, one of main stories of the game was the health of the team and in particular Sean White and Kamryn Pettway.
Pettway’s absence wasn’t a surprise after he went down late in the game against Vanderbilt with a quad injury. White being still being bothered by his shoulder injury wasn’t a huge surprise either considering he didn’t start against the Commodores the previous week, but his play against the Bulldogs was.
Completing just 6-20 passes for 27 yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Georgia to go along with several drops by his wide receivers, White’s play was a big reason why the Tigers didn’t get a win against a team that was ripe for the taking. Entering the contest as one of the national leaders in passing efficiency, White was off from the moment he stepped on the field and he never found it.
With White obviously less than 100 percent and Alabama A&M coming up this weekend this would seem like the perfect opportunity to get him a week of rest and turn things over to John Franklin or even Jeremy Johnson at the position. Lashlee said right now it’s too early to know what the Tigers will do and if White can go he’ll continue to be their quarterback.
“I don’t know," the coordinator said. "Both John and Jeremy did a good job last week preparing and I’ve got confidence in both of them. Obviously, I know Sean, he’s going to live in the training room and do everything he can to be ready to go, too. It’s Sunday night and that’s just really not where are right now.”
A player who won’t be an option is true freshman Woody Barrett. Despite some cryptic tweets on Sunday from Barrett, Lashlee said he’s not going to see action this season.
“Woody is redshirting,” he said. “Woody is a great kid. His tweet was in regards to next year. Sometimes people don’t understand how things are portrayed. There was nothing to that.”
As for the running back position, there is little chance Pettway sees the field against Alabama A&M on Saturday and with Stanton Truitt dealing with an ankle injury as well this could finally be the week that freshman Kameron Martin gets a large number of carries.
Kameron Martin joined the Auburn team this summer after originally planning to play for Baylor.
Lashlee said Martin is one of the guys included in his “all hands on deck” comment about getting ready for the final home game of the season. That could even include another true freshman who is continuing to recover after knee surgery early in the year.
I think Malik Miller is getting healthier so that’s a possibility, maybe,” Lashlee said. “We’ll see where Stanton and Chander are at. I don’t think K.J. (Kerryon Johnson) is any worse. Will he be 100 percent? Probably not. And we’ll just see where Kam (Pettway) is at as far as that goes too. At this point it’s week-to-week, day-to-day knowing who we have. Whoever we have I know they are going to go out there and play hard.”