How Big Will QB Jarrett Stidham Be For Auburn’s Future?
On Saturday former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham announced on Twitter he would become an Auburn Tiger. Jarrett Stidham, according to 247sports, is a four-star recruit and has bolstered the 2017 class to #9.
This might be the biggest signing Auburn has had since Cam Newton in 2010. Remember how that ended? Now let’s not get ahead of ourselves and anoint this team National Champions jet yet. Especially since Auburn does not seem to handle high expectations very well. (See 2003 and 2015)
So what exactly does this mean for the future of the Auburn Tigers? It gives the program, coaches, and fans hope. Most fans haven’t been very hopeful in the past month. At one point early this year, the season was looked at with so much hope and potential. A trip to the SEC Championship Game was in sight, and if things fell just the right way a trip to the College Football Playoff was there as well.
What happened? The Auburn quarterback struggles reared its ugly head once again. Sean White went down late in the season once again, and Jeremy Johnson was forced into action again. Sean White seems like a good kid, and when healthy is very effective. That health thing is a major if though. It is also evident that John Franklin III just cannot play at this level.
So what does Jarrett Stidham bring? Well for one a bigger arm. The big play in the passing game is a big part of the Gus Malzahn offense, so the more plays down the field will only open up the returning Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson.
As a freshman Jarrett Stidham started three games before injuring his ankle. In those three games he put up some pretty impressive numbers:
- 934 yards
- 6 touchdowns/2 interceptions
- 63.5 completion percentage
- 11.5 yards per attempt
Those three games were against at Kansas State, vs (12)Oklahoma, and at (6)Oklahoma State.
So this spring will be very interesting to say the least. Now, Stidham will have to earn this job, and I am sure that Sean White will fight to keep his spot. Whoever wins this job at least now Auburn will have some depth at the most important position in all of sports.
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