Auburn finished up practice on Wednesday and we got the privilege of hearing from offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey and recently dubbed second-string quarterback Sean White.
Obviously, there’s been a ton of talk about what’s next for Sean White. Gus Malzahn told us on Monday that White didn’t lose the job to Jarrett Stidham, but that Stidham was just that good. When Sean White tweeted that he was “All in!” later that day, you could see the type of Kodi Burns-esque team player attitude emerging from the Tigers’ former starter. It doesn’t seem ingenuine at all.
Sean White on his reaction to Jarrett Stidham being named Auburn's starting quarterback: pic.twitter.com/Qeb4SC6ZRc— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 16, 2017
Sean W: "He deserves to be the starter. When Jarrett's out there I'm going to be behind him 100 %. If my name gets called...I'll be ready." pic.twitter.com/btQzky08Z6— Jeff Shearer (@jeff_shearer) August 16, 2017
We’ve touched on it the last couple of days, but Auburn’s now got maybe the best quarterback situation in the SEC with essentially two starters at the position. That can’t be understated.
Offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey also met with the media, so let’s get his words to you all at once...
Chip Lindsey said naming Jarrett Stidham the starting QB this early is important for him to get timing with wide receivers.— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 16, 2017
Chip Lindsey said the O-line competition has narrowed, but Auburn is still looking at a few different combinations.— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 16, 2017
Tega, Mike Horton, Austin Golson, Darius James, Braden Smith, Wilson Bell, Marquel Harrell and Casey Dunn are the OL guys Auburn is rotating— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 16, 2017
Auburn OC Chip Lindsey said his offense is looking at about 2-3 different starting combinations with 7-8 OL. #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 16, 2017
Lindsey said it's "too early" to rule out true freshmen QB Malik Willis from playing this year.— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 16, 2017
Lindsey was asked about freshmen that can help right away. He named Noah, Barrett, Malik Willis (he's had QB injuries at ASU) and Shenker.— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 16, 2017
Jarrett Stidham's demeanor hasn't changed since being named the starter, Lindsey said. Sean White "has been great," too.— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 16, 2017
Lindsey on Sean White as the backup: "I think Sean has really improved. The QB room is a really good room." #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 16, 2017
Chip Lindsey said Malik Miller, Kam Martin and Devan Barrett are the backs competing to be the No. 3 RB. No mention of C.J. Tolbert.— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 16, 2017
Chip Lindsey says Chandler Cox is a major player at H-back in his offense and could be a major factor in pass protection on 3rd downs.— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 16, 2017
Quick observations from those nuggets — the offensive line is really promising, because it doesn’t seem like there’s a bad combination with any of those guys. Some of them already have starting experience at multiple positions, and the “new guys” in Dunn and Bell are upperclassmen with a ton of experience already.
And I’d love to get this guy on the field.
Auburn offensive lineman Prince Tega Wanogho talks about his fall, initial move from defense to offense: pic.twitter.com/QtcOeW1Tbh— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 16, 2017
I wish he’d said more about the receivers, because that group’s got a chance to blow up in this offense with this quarterback throwing to them. You hate to be a sunshine pumper, but there don’t seem to be many weaknesses on this offense. The talent’s all there, it’s just got to come together the way we hope and expect that it will.