Dec. 11, 2016
Jarrett Stidham's transfer to Auburn means big things
Auburn picked up it's biggest news of the off-season today, as former Baylor QB Jarrett Stidham announced Friday that he has decided to transfer to Auburn.
Stidham, who transferred from Baylor amid the Art Brilles downfall and has been taking online classes at a local community college, announced his decision via Twitter.[Jarrett Stidham on Twitter]
The 20 year old Texan will enroll in January and be able to go through spring practices with the team. He comes in as the unanimous #1 JUCO player in the nation, and the former #3 dual-threat QB in his 2015 recruiting class.
So this is where you question whether or not it's actually a big deal that Auburn got a big time recruit.
And here is where I tell you it's a HUGE deal.
For starters, let's talk about the talent the kid has. He is 6'3, 190 pounds, competed in the Elite 11 in high school, has a cannon for an arm and can run a 4.4 40-yard dash... Oh, you want more?
How about the fact that he's not just a talented high school kid. He's proven it on a big stage. As a freshman at Baylor, he started 3 games before injury in 2015.
During his freshman season, he threw for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns, while completing 68 percent of his passes.
Oh, and add in a couple rushing TD's. And this was in an offense where he wasn't ever asked to use his running ability... The kid has it all.
He would be a big time pick up for any program, but for Auburn, this is a game changer. Auburn looks to build on this year, and the quarterback position might be the catalyst that gets them where they want to be.
Auburn's 2016 was a year where it watched one of the best defenses the school has ever had be wasted by inability to score at crucial times, mostly due to lack of consistent play making at quarterback.
Sean White was one of the more efficient passers in the SEC, but struggled with downfield passing and staying healthy. Auburn was never able to get explosive plays from the passing game this season, and it hurt them in a few winnable games. (Clemson, Texas A&M, and Georgia.)
Stidham brings a downfield threat with his arm that White simply doesn't have. He can keep defenders out of the box by forcing them to respect his ability to go over the top.
Jarrett Stidham also brings depth to a position that has lacked it recently. Whether he wins the starting job or not, the coaches should have confidence in him should Sean White go down.
Auburn needs great quarterback play to take the next step and be an SEC West contender. Whether Stidham himself takes over the job or merely builds depth at the position while pushing White, his presence on the depth chart cannot be ignored.