Auburn, Ala.--Sitting out of last Saturday's win over Alabama A&M, Auburn starting quarterback Sean White has practiced this week for the Tigers but that's as far as Gus Malzahn is willing to go when talking about his situation at the position. With Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin both seeing significant action a week ago in White's absence, Malzahn said at the moment they're still not sure what they're going to do against the Crimson Tide on Saturday in the Iron Bowl.
"We've not made that call yet," Malzahn said. "I know Sean did practice yesterday and as a matter of fact everybody practiced yesterday. But we've not made the call on our starting quarterback yet. I really would like to do that after this practice (Wednesday afternoon), but that's yet to be determined."
Completing 65.2 percent of his passes for 1,644 yards and nine touchdowns with three interceptions this season, White has firmly established himself as Auburn's quarterback. While Johnson and Franklin both possess a skill-set to make plays, Malzahn said if White can go he'll be the guy.
"I think it really starts with the health," Malzahn said. "Sean White is our quarterback, he's our starting quarterback. It's just a matter of in a week he has to be healthy enough to be able to run the whole offense and he needs to be healthy enough to protect himself. Those are the two questions that we're going to answer this week in practice."
No matter who lines up at quarterback this game will be a stiff challenge for the Tigers (8-3, 5-2) against an Alabama team (11-0, 7-0) that is playing well on both sides of the ball. Malzahn said his team knows what it's up against Saturday at 2:30 in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
"It's Iron Bowl week and I know our players and coaches are excited for that," Malzahn said. "Playing the top team in the country and probably the most talented team in the country we're going to have to execute. We're going to have to earn it, but I know our guys will be ready."