Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn has named Baylor University transfer Jarrett Stidham the Tigers’ starting quarterback. Malzahn announced his decision (Monday, August 14) via Twitter:
“Just told team Jarett Stidham will be the starting QB,” Malzahn tweeted on Auburn’s Twitter account. “The team is excited for Jarrett and ready for the season.”
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Stidham, who transferred to Auburn Universty arrived on the Plains in December from Texas. Competing for the starting nod. Beating out last year’s starter, junior Sean White, Stidham has impressed Malzahn. However, Malzahn noted that White’s role on the team will be crucial in 2017 as well.
“Sean is our number two quarterback, he is a guy we have a lot of confidence in, he has definitely improved from last year,” Malzahn said. “Sean is a great competitor and teammate.
Stidham, an elite high-profile QB, completed 68% of his passes while throwing for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns in 10 games as a freshman with the Bears in 2015. He decided to leave the program after coach Art Briles was fired following a massive sexual assault scandal. He has three years of eligibility remaining after spending 2016 away from football and attending McLennan Community College (Waco, Texas).
The Tigers have struggled to find a reliable starter at quarterback since Nick Marshall. Sean White has not been able to stay healthy, Jeremy Johnson has been inconsistent, and 2016 junior college transfer Jon Franklin III has not panned out.
The former five-star recruit has an impressive arm and big-game experience. Could he be the missing piece to Auburn’s puzzle following an 8-5 record in 2016? Only time and game experience will tell as the Tigers look to live up to expectations this fall.
Stidham was granted a release from his scholarship by Baylor but was blocked from transferring to another Big 12 program. In addition to Auburn, other SEC schools that were reportedly jumping in the recruiting mix for his services was Florida and Texas A&M.
The Five-star quarterback who was the nation’s top-rated dual-threat signal caller coming out of the prep ranks and ESPN No. 1 JUCO prospect will step into a role that could be major for Auburn’s chances and hopes of giving big brother Alabama a push for the SEC West Division.
The 6-3, 214 pound Texas native will share the same backfield as one of the best running back tandems in the SEC, Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson. Both of whom combined for nearly 2,000 yards rushing last season. With that running attack and Stidham keeping opposing defenses honest, Auburn’s offense should be vastly improved heading into the 2017 season.
Now that the starting quarterback battle has been settled its time for Stidham to get locked in and prepare for the opener on Saturday, September 2, 2017, as the Tigers play host to Georgia Southern. The contest is slated for a 6:30 pm (central time) kickoff at Jordan-Here Stadium.
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