Auburn QB Sean White Injured, John Franklin III Starts

Auburn quarterback Sean White missed the start for the Tigers against Vanderbilt on Saturday due to injury. John Franklin III received the starting nod.

Auburn (6-2, 4-1 SEC) quarterback Sean White did not start Saturday’s home game against Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-3) because of a shoulder injury he suffered against Ole Miss, according to the ESPN broadcast.

John Franklin III received the nod under center, and it was his first career start.

The sophomore White did not warm up with the starters during 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 pre-game drills, according to the Montgomery Advertiser, as Franklin III practiced with the starting unit and Jeremy Johnson took reps with the second team. ESPN reported that White may be unavailable for the entire game, which is surprising because the injury was not disclosed throughout the week.

The Auburn offense has really shined since White became the sole signal-caller. He became the lone QB starting with the game against LSU, which kicked off a five-game win streak for the Tigers. On the season, White is 113-of-165 passing (68.5 completion percentage) for 1,511 yards and eight touchdowns against just two interceptions. The productive offense also coincided with head coach Gus Malzahn relinquishing offensive play-calling duties to coordinator Rhett Lashlee, and the rejuvenated unit helped the Tigers earn a No. 9 ranking in the first release of the College Football Playoff rankings.

Franklin III saw action early in the season, and he has gone 7-of-11 passing for 85 yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions. But his strength is as a runner and not as a passer, so we’ll see how the Tigers look offensively today against Derek Mason’s Commodores.

UPDATE: White came off the bench to open the second half with Auburn down 13-10, and he threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton and led two field goal drives to help the Tigers shut down Vandy’s upset bid in a 23-16 win.

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