Early yesterday morning, Sean White was arrested in Auburn for public intoxication.
Earlier today, he was dismissed from the football team.
It’s a sad ending to a story that has felt like a rollercoaster from the beginning. White was suspended for the first two weeks of the 2017 football season, so one could reason that he was already running low on second chances. This is not the place to speculate or address rumors, but some not-so-great things about White have been swirling around for a while. In short, it seems that White has some issues to address in his personal life.
Coach Gus Malzahn released the following statement on White’s dismissal:
“Sean White is no longer a part of our football program at Auburn. He has made poor decisions that are not in the best interest of our football program, and more importantly, himself. We appreciate his time at Auburn and wish him nothing but the best.”
White played in 18 games as an Auburn Tiger. He was a 61.5% passer and accumulated just over 3,000 yards of total offense. He was plagued with injuries his whole career, but during the 2016 season when Auburn’s offense was clicking on all cylinders, a healthy Sean White was at the helm.
It continues to be clear that Auburn fans have varying opinions about their quarterbacks, but I think they’d all agree that White was as tough as they come. He played a part of some great memories for Auburn fans, and I hope he is able to work through some personal matters with great success.
As for what happens now at Auburn, there aren’t a lot of quarterback options behind Jarrett Stidham. One option is junior Devin Adams, a transfer from Mississippi Delta Community College, who saw some playing time in Week 1. Another option is true freshman Malik Willis. Willis is a former three-star recruit whose abilities have been frequently compared to Nick Marshall. Gus Malzahn gets paid about $4.75 million to manage his quarterbacks, so I’m going to defer to him on who will play behind Stidham.