Auburn to start QB Sean White in Birmingham Bowl

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- It will be Sean White, not Jeremy Johnson, who will start at quarterback for Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl on Wednesday. Head coach Gus Malzahn said Tuesday that he would wait until right before the game before he named a starter, and he stayed true to his word. The school announced White as the starter less than two hours before kickoff.

"Both the guys have had good practices since we've been here," Malzahn said. "It hasn't changed. Sean White is close to being 100 percent healthy, and Jeremy Johnson is healthy. We feel good about both the guys ... we feel good about our plan."

Johnson opened the season as the starting quarterback, but he threw six interceptions in the first three games and was benched following a 45-21 loss to LSU.

White took over and started the next five games. However, the redshirt freshman injured his knee in a four-overtime loss to Arkansas on Oct. 24, and while he tried to play the next week against Ole Miss, he missed the majority of Auburn's last four games with the injury.

On the season, White has thrown for 1,064 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.