Auburn, Ala.--Able to throw in warmups but not participate in Auburn's annual A-Day football game, Sean White looks to be making a strong comeback from a cracked bone in his throwing arm that he suffered in the Sugar Bowl.
“I feel good,” the redshirt junior quarterback said. “I feel better than I have in a while because my arm (is better), and then before that it was my shoulder. It feels good to go out there and be able to throw and not have to worry about anything.”
White had a sideline view on Saturday of strong performances from quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham, the A-Day MVP, and another newcomer, freshman Malik Willis.
Stidham, a transfer from Baylor, hit 16-20 passes for 267 yards and is a major threat to win the starting job White held last season.
Asked if it was difficult to watch while Stidham performed so well, White said, “At the end of the day he plays for Auburn, just like you, so when he throws a good pass I get excited. How could you not? He plays for your team so that is how I look at it.”
Stidham was particularly impressive on deep passes. Gus Malzahn said after the A-Day game that White has improved in that area. White agreed that is the case.
“I think I have done that already as far as putting on some muscle,”?the quarterback said. “I?think that is number one. I think I can throw it as far as anybody.
“I think the wide open offense, little different concepts in freeing people up and stuff, I?think that will help our deep passing game,” he added.
White, who has started 16 of the 18 games he has played in at Auburn, won praise from new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey for working with Willis and redshirt freshman Woody Barrett this spring. “I am just trying to help them any way I can,” White said.
When the Tigers begin preseason practice White will be in the competition to be the No. 1 quarterback. “He has had really no signs of any pain or anything going on,” said Lindsey, who added, “I think the recovery has gone really well, and he’s really done a really good job of transitioning during our team stuff to kind of another coach with Woody and Malik being younger quarterbacks. I’ve really been pleased with him. He’s adapted to that role really well.”