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Success for Auburn in 2017 Now Rests on Jarrett Stidham’s Shoulders

By on August 14th, 2017 in Football, News 19 Comments »
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USA TODAY

When Jarret Stidham arrived on the Auburn campus last winter, he told reporters, “I came here to be the starting quarterback for the Auburn Tigers.” Today that dream came true as Head Coach Gus Malzahn named the Baylor transfer the starter for the 2017 season.

After losing a 10-day battle to the newcomer, last year’s starter, Sean White, is expected to be the backup. As tough as this may be to swallow, if Sean has proven anything in his Tiger career, it’s that he’s a loyal team player. Besides, he knows from experience he will be one play away from taking the reins.  

The announcement really didn’t take anyone by surprise, and in fact Vegas had already placed the redshirt sophomore on its Heisman watch list. Stidham should have a great opportunity to prove he’s worthy of such high expectations with a talented cast of receivers and a backfield that includes Kerryon Johnson and last year’s SEC leading rusher, Kamryn Pettway.

The Tigers have been on the cusp of being a contender the last two years, but quarterback depth has kept them from returning to that level. Now with Stidham, White, and impressive freshman Malik Willis in the stable, the opportunity should be with in their grasp.

Jarrett’s worked hard to win the confidence of his coaches and teammates, and now that he has it, he also has the added burden of realizing that much of the success for the Tigers in 2017 will be on his shoulders. But … that’s the way he wants it.

19 Comments

  1. WarSamEagle WarSamEagle says:

    This is good news!
    Now onto the business of getting ready for the Sept. 2 opener and the following week against Clempsum.

  2. Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

    This AU band member from the ’94 Auburn/Florida game sums up my reaction pretty well.

  3. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..After what I saw on A-Day, I figured Stidham would win it. I saw a guy who was masterful at putting the ball where he wanted, AND he seemed to always know where to go with it. Deadly combination!

  4. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    Stidham was even better when we saw him at the scrimmage this past Saturday. Yes, all three QB's had TD passes but, by far, Stidham was hands down the better of the three. Sean White did look pretty good, though, as did Malik Willis. (Think they will burn the red shirt and get this guy some playing time – even if it is "mop-up" duty?)

    Keep in mind, however, that the first team offense was still going against the second team defense. And, as it was on A-Day, there was no contact – this was also true for Johnson and Pettway.

    • Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

      You were there? I’m so jealous.

      • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

        Yeah, we are there every year for this…

        Scholarship Donor Weekend —

        Friday AM – Golf tournament (Did not attend this portion)
        Friday PM – Donor buffet at Auburn Arena with JJ and CGM (last year also included Coach Clint Myers)
        Saturday AM – Full scrimmage – start to finish
        Saturday noon – Lunch buffet – This also sometimes includes players – Did not see any this year or perhaps we were too busy planning our first tailgate of the 2017 season.

        Come see us!! (This applies to all TET members!)
        We are always on the corner of War Eagle Way and Village View Lane – Parking Lot X — Plenty of food and, of course, live TV prior to the game!!

        I thought about doing a live “scrimmage” thread (similar to the last couple of signing day threads) but didn’t — Maybe something to think about for next year… Hmmm.

        • Tiger Tiger says:

          This is great news. We know how good Sean is short-to-mid range, when he’s healthy…

          And I’m thinking, that with Sean throwing at least 3 (?) interceptions in practice, Coach Lindsey was asking the QB’s to air the ball a bit more. Sean probably had trouble making the deep throws, and Jarrett didn’t. That’s my theory, anyway.

          I don’t know when I’ll go to my 2’nd game at Jordan-Hare, but since finding this site, I will definitely meet and greet everyone the next time I’m there. Thanks for all of your good work. War Eagle!

        • Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

          Don’t tease me, I’ll show up!

          • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

            Not a tease — Love having folks join us! AubTigerMan is the only TET member I have met. And that was at an Outback Bowl.

          • Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

            I’ll be down for a couple of games this season. I’ll get with you beforehand and I’ll stop by.

          • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

            I will discuss with AUT and Acid – I don’t think I have Jay’s contact info – and see what they think. A live thread during a true scrimmage will be something I’ve never seen and not sure any other site has that capability, but, we will see. I think it would be fun. Might have to be a little bit discrete but they don’t tend to look too much with those of us in the club levels…

          • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

            …..Definitely caution would be the order of the day, on a live blog. Imagine if Gus and co. had figured out that someone was live-blogging, "Hey, they are spending A LOT of time on the single wing," this time a year ago… They really might not appreciate it. Not much they can do about us watching it on TV or in the stands on gameday, and offering an opinion.

          • Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

            I would love to infiltrate a scrimmage. I already have the fake mustache and Columbo jacket ready to go.

  5. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    And, CGM did not bring in Stidham to play “bench warmer” – compare this to 2010, if I may, but CGC and CGM did not bring Cam in to play that role. And remember, it was CGM that pushed for Cam.
    That decision got the AU family a BCS natty — almost happened again in 2013 with Nick Marshall… Just a wee bit more defense – or Tre not scoring so quickly – and AU might have had another.
    i gotta say… This season has as much potential as any.
    Let’s just don’t mess it up.

    War Eagle to all; and to all, a good War Eagle night!!

    • Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

      There’s a lot of buzz around the football complex this year for sure. We have the right pieces at the right time.

      • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

        Agree with that Derrick. If we can just keep ’em healthy, it should be a fun ride.

        • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

          My thought is to burn the redshirt and have a true 3rd string QB – As long as Gatewood stays the course, then the QB position should be fine…

  6. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    Yeah, Acid, I would not be giving THAT type of info out! Not really a "play-by-play" thing – more of just "now this QB is in or that QB is in"… Certainly nothing to compromise the playbook!

    Oh wow! What a pass from Stidham to NCM, or whatever. But, to your point, I wouldn't do anything that might hurt the team and forthcoming season. So, yes, caution is good!

    And, as if in previous years, they don't show a lot in this scrimmage anyway based on what I have seen come "game day" – CGM isn't dumb… He knows that those in attendance will talk.