After we spent way too much of our week meticulously plotting most of Sean White's passes this season to figure out what to expect from him against Ole Miss, it turns out he might not even be playing. Auburn revealed in its game notes that the redshirt freshman quarterback will be a game-time decision for the 11 a.m. CT kickoff against the Rebels.
Star defensive end Carl Lawson, who hasn't played since injuring his hip in the season opener, is also a game-time decision.
White was slow to get up after taking a big shot against Arkansas last Saturday, but stayed in to finish out that four-overtime marathon that could have been Auburn's first SEC West win of the season if it weren't for eight drops by the stone-handed Tigers receiving bunch.
Jeremy Johnson would replace White if he can't go, which could be good news for an Ole Miss defense that's second in the conference in interceptions. Johnson, who began the season as Heisman candidate, lost his job four games into the season largely because of his six picks in 72 attempts. White, meanwhile, has thrown just one pick in 97 attempts by sticking to safe, conservative throws and avoiding the middle of the field.
Of course, that conservative play has hampered Auburn's offense in its own right. White still hasn't thrown a single touchdown pass and the Tigers rank third to last in the country in plays of 20 yards or more. Maybe Johnson, who certainly has the arm to push the ball downfield, could bring a vertical element back to Gus Malzahn's offense.
Or maybe he'd keep doing things like this:
Bad, bad interception from Auburn QB Jeremy Johnson https://t.co/WNFB9J4WEU— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 12, 2015