The Auburn Tigers are entering a new era of football with freshman quarterback Sean White getting the starting nod this week against Mississippi State. He gets to make his first start at home against a very tough SEC opponent.
White is a very solid all-around quarterback and has already been getting high praise from analysts that have seen him play. Two of those analysts that have talked highly of him so far are quarterback coach Ken Mastrole and former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer.
Both guys have compared him to a current NFL star which sets some lofty expectations.
Mastrole said that White reminds him of Tom Brady, who White has been trying to pattern his game after.
“But Mastrole said it is not White’s physical gifts that are his greatest asset as looks ahead to his first career start, which will come Saturday against Mississippi State in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Instead, it’s mental. The “Brady factor,” Mastroled dubbed it, after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who White has tried to model his game after in every respect.”
Dilfer, on the other hand, said that Drew Brees is a great comparison for White heading into his first collegiate start.
“Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer said Tuesday he believes White should have been at the top of the depth chart far sooner. Dilfer worked with White at the Elite 11 quarterback camp and said White reminded him of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees – but with an even stronger arm.”
Adding onto that opinion, Dilfer said that he was shocked that Gus Malzahn and the Auburn coaching staff decided to start Jeremy Johnson over White in the first place.
“I always thought he would be the guy,” Dilfer said. “I was shocked Jeremy Johnson was. He’s a lot like Kyle Allen at Texas A&M. I think.”
Obviously the hype surrounding White is very high and a lot of pressure is on his shoulders to succeed this week. He definitely has a talented football team around him and a great coaching staff, which should translate very favorably for White when he takes the field for the first time as a college starting quarterback.
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