Last Saturday against Georgia, Auburn fans may have reached peak frustration with the offense.
Besides scoring just 13 points, the Tigers again had a major problem at quarterback. The issue occurred when Sean White entered the game, even after head coach Gus Malzahn admitted that the freshman is not 100%. This change seemed to kill Auburn’s momentum, as Jeremy Johnson was having a fine — albeit unspectacular — performance before that.
It looks like Auburn may be looking to rectify that before the game against Idaho, but Malzahn still left some of his statements without an affirmative answer.
“We are probably going to go with Jeremy this week,” Malzahn said when asked about his starter. “It’s the fact that Sean is not 100 percent — at the same time we feel good about Jeremy running our offense and executing our offense. We will see how the week goes. That could change, but if you ask me right now we are probably going with Jeremy.”
Going with Johnson is the correct move if White is still not at 100-percent. At this point, though, it might be better if Auburn and Malzahn stop playing the “probably” game. If White is still hurt, don’t play him; knee injuries are not to be trifled with.
Even if it is against Idaho, Auburn needs to find some sort of rhythm on offense before they play Alabama. If Johnson plays the whole game and the offense doesn’t work, then you have an answer. If White is healthy, plays the whole game, and the offense doesn’t work, you have an answer. However, if both play and the offense doesn’t work, you have nothing to work with.
Just give one of the quarterback the far majority of the snaps, and reassess next week during practice. You need an answer in this game and flip-flopping quarterbacks isn’t going to get you there.