Auburn Spring 2017: Sean White Has Earned His Shot

We learned three things this week regarding Auburn’s quarterback situation for 2017.

Firstly, though the transition isn’t complete (he’s still taking some snaps at QB), John Franklin practiced with the receivers on Tuesday.

This news is the least surprising, as Malzahn and Franklin both previously hinted at a move.

Secondly, Sean White is throwing the ball . . . again . . .  already.

This revelation is the most surprising of the week, as Malzahn clearly said a couple weeks ago that White would not participate in throwing drills this Spring. But, by now we should expect the unexpected—and certainly the unannounced; even the counter-announced—when it comes to White and his takes-a-licking-keeps-on-ticking arm.

Thirdly, new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey said he likely won’t name a starting quarterback in the Spring. He wants to see Seam White—presumably more than he will before August—before he does.

I’m happy to hear that, because Sean White has earned his shot at the job for 2017.

His greatest flaw as an Auburn QB has been not taking himself out of the game. It’s an admirable flaw, but—it probably cost us at least one game in 2016.

Of course, we’ve also put White on the field when we shouldn’t have. He understandably felt pressure to play, knowing that our coaches felt we would more likely win with him hurt, over the other quarterbacks healthy.

That’s how it played out against Vanderbilt. But, that doesn’t mean it was the best thing for White’s arm—or for the bigger picture. Maybe we should have resolved to win without him that day. Easy to say now, I know. I also know it’s now time to look forward.

That must be Chip Lindsey’s approach as well. He’s got plenty of film on White, but he wants to see him in person. He wants to see the 2017 Sean White, when he’s ready to go 100%.

It reminds me of 2013, when Malzahn said everyone had a clean slate; that last year didn’t mater, and every position was open for competition.

I like most anything that reminds me of 2013, don’t you?

Josh Dowdy

Josh Dowdy

Josh Dowdy writes about civility and ceremony in the Auburn covenant; e.g. sein Tuberville-Buch.
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