Auburn, Ala.--Able to throw a football again as he heals from his bowl game injury, Sean White can see that he has serious competition for his starting quarterback role from newcomer Jarrett Stidham.
“He is a good player,” White said of Jarrett Stidham after the redshirt sophomore transfer from Baylor had a good day directing the offense in Auburn's first spring training scrimmage.
“He has a good arm,” said White, who suffered a broken bone in his throwing arm vs. Oklahoma in New Orleans to close the 2016 season.
“I don't know how else to say it--he looks good out there and comfortable, and seems to know the offense,” said White, who will be a junior this fall.
Asked about his relationship with a player who may take his starting role, White said, “Pretty good. I don't know him too well. It's been only a couple of weeks. He seems like a good guy, works hard and good competitor.”
White noted that he is encouraged with the healing process, although he is not expected to be cleared for contact practices until the Tigers return to the field in August.
“It's coming along really well,” he said. “I'm happy with how things are going. I haven't been scrimmaging or doing team stuff, but other than that I've been full-go. I'm able to do everything lately so I'm happy with it.”
With Tyler Queen planning to transfer and John Franklin moving to wide receiver, White, Stidham, redshirt freshman Woody Barrett and early high school graduate Malik Willis are the four scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.
Willis, in his first scrimmage opportunity, was impressive on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Asked about Wllis and Barrett, White said, “I think they're both doing well, especially the first time me seeing Malik. I think Malik is going to be a really good player. He has a lot of potential to him. He's really athletic and has a good attitude. I really like him a lot. He's come to learn and he's a good player.”
Willis threw touchdown passes to Franklin and Darius Slayton in the scrimmage. “He wears 14 out there so everybody is comparing him to Nick (former Tiger quarterback Nick Marshall). He has a lot of similarities playing-wise to how Nick used to play.”
White noted he isn’t certain when he will be 100 percent health-wise.
“It's coming along really well,” he said. “I can do everything except for the team stuff because they are afraid it will get banged by accident or something like that. I can throw as much as I want pretty much. I have been getting seven-on-sevens and one-on-ones and everything that basically doesn't involve scrimmaging.”