A day after being arrested for public intoxication, Sean White has been dismissed by the Auburn football program.
White was just coming off a two-game suspension for undisclosed disciplinary action, but now he will be out of football for the remainder of the 2017 season. The dismissal was first reported by Al.com on Monday morning. The school later confirmed the dismissal.
“Coach [Gus Malzahn] is aware of the situation,” an Auburn spokesman told AL.com. “He is gathering all the facts and will handle this appropriately.”
It would seem Malzahn has decided there was only one decision to be made regarding White’s legal trouble, and that was to cut bait and move on.
White had started 16 games for Auburn during his run with the program, but a broken arm in the Sugar Bowl left the door open for Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham to come in and win the starting job.
What had long been expected has become the reality today at Auburn. Former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham has officially been named the starting quarterback at Auburn.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn made the official announcement Monday. Sean White will be Auburn’s backup quarterback heading into the 2017 season. The quarterback battle had been one of the biggest topics of conversation for Auburn this summer, with Stidham expected to give White a good run to be the starter in the fall.
Stidham announced a transfer to Auburn from Baylor in December after initially announcing his decision to transfer out of the Baylor program in July 2016 amid controversy at the program. Stidham was granted a release from his scholarship by Baylor but was blocked from transferring to another Big 12 program. In addition to Auburn, other SEC schools that were reportedly jumping in the recruiting mix for his services included Florida and Texas A&M.
At Auburn, Stidham steps into a role that could play vital to Auburn’s chances and hopes of giving Alabama a push for the SEC West Division. Stidham will share the same backfield as one of the top running backs in the SEC, Kamryn Pettway. Auburn’s offense likely upgraded at the quarterback position by a significant margin.
Auburn defensive end Byron Cowart was rushed in for an emergency appendectomy on Wednesday, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn announced today.
There were early reports suggesting Cowart, a sophomore, will be out for the remainder of the season as a result of the surgery, but Malzahn did not comment on the status for the defensive end for the long-term.
Cowart has recorded six tackles and forced a fumble in backup duty off the Auburn bench this season. Cowart was one of the nation’s top-rated players out of high school.
While updating the status of Cowart, Malzahn also said there is no decision on the availability of quarterback Sean White for this weekend’s game against Alabama A&M. White has been banged up and passed for just 27 yards last week in a road loss at Georgia. Malzahn has also ruled out running back Kamryn Pettway for this weekend’s game. Of course, as rough as Auburn’s offense has looked, the Tigers should still manage to score a victory this week against Alabama A&M.
Next week against Alabama, however, should be a much different story. The Crimson Tide have already locked up the SEC West Division crown and are heading to Atlanta and can still probably afford one loss without jeopardizing their playoff chances, but Alabama will look to finish the regular season on a strong note against rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
No. 21 Auburn (5-2, 3-1 SEC) rushed for more yards against No. 17 Arkansas (5-3, 1-3 SEC) than any team has since before the turn of the century en route to a smashing 56-3 victory over the Razorbacks Saturday evening in Jordan Hare Stadium. When all was said and done, the Tigers racked up 543 rushing yards.
Kamryn Pettway led the ground attack with 192 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Eli Stove had a 78-yard touchdown run to boost his 94-yard day and Stanton Truitt rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns to add to Auburn’s wildly productive day on the ground. Quarterback Sean White was a part of the fun too, with 61 rushing yards and a score to go with his 77 passing yards and passing touchdown.
On the other side, Auburn’s defense never allowed Arkansas to get a running game going. The Razorbacks ran 31 running plays and managed just 25 rushing yards in the game. A combined loss of 14 yards were credited to Arkansas quarterbacks Austin Allen and Ty Storey. Allen was forced to leave the game in the first half due to an apparent knee injury but he returned after a brief absence. Rawleigh Williams III was the leading rusher for the Razorbacks with 22 yards on 13 carries.
Auburn also played a pretty clean game with just two penalties for 10 yards and no turnovers (Arkansas had two turnovers). The Razorbacks are going to have to think long and hard about this one, or simply put the game film in the trash and forget about it. Either way, there was no denying this was one of the worst losses Arkansas has experienced under Bret Bielema.
Arkansas will get a little extra time to prepare for their next game. The Razorbacks have a much-needed bye week coming up next weekend, giving them an extra week to prepare for a home game against Florida.
OK, so time to look forward for Auburn. Before you start looking to the end of the year with the Iron Bowl matchup with Alabama, Auburn has to go on the road next week to play Ole Miss. Yes, the Rebels may be a fringe top-25 team this season, but there is no question they can be a dangerous opponent. However, Auburn’s defense has been playing very well the past month and has now held each of their past four opponents to fewer than 15 points. Doing that against Ole Miss may be difficult, especially on the road, but Auburn is playing with confidence.
All eyes appear to be on John Franklin III this spring at Auburn as he looks to gain an edge in the competition for the starting job over Jeremy Johnson and Sean White. All three will be expected to split reps during Auburn’s spring game on Saturday. One quarterback who will not be competing in the spring game will be Tyler Queen.
The redshirt freshman was injured in a scrimmage last week and it will force him to miss the remainder of Auburn’s spring practices, including the spring game. While he will be out for the rest of the spring, his outlook does not look too inhibiting in the long run.
“I think Tyler’s going to be OK long term,” Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said, per Al.com. “He got dinged up in the scrimmage Saturday and fell on his AC (joint.) I don’t expect it to be anything that will require surgery, but he’ll be out for the rest of the spring.”
Queen underwent surgery last September for an UCL injury and was supposed to be limited in the spring anyway.
“I think he was getting better as spring went on. He wasn’t where he wanted to be, but he was getting better. Kind of a run of bad luck for him. It’s a different injury and hopefully not near as severe, but obviously for him, I know he’s disappointed. He was excited to get to play obviously last Saturday and hopefully this Saturday and show he was improving.”
As for the remaining three healthy passing options, Lashlee appears set to give each an equal share of the snaps running the offense.
“You’ll probably see all three of those guys some with each team and fairly even,” Lashlee said. “I haven’t for sure decided, but probably give a guy two series with this squad, two with this squad, rotate them just to try to balance it up and give them equal reps with the ones, equal reps with the twos.”
Auburn’s A-Day is scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) at 4 pm ET. Coverage of Auburn’s spring game will be aired by SEC Network. Auburn will open the 2016 season at home on September 3 against defending ACC champion and national title runner-up Clemson.