Sophomore transfer Jarrett Stidham will be at the helm of the Auburn offense come week one against Georgia Southern, head coach Gus Malzahn announced Monday morning.
Stidham is considered a more talented option for offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey's new scheme with run-pass option plays similar to what he ran at Baylor two years ago. He also had a 1-yard rushing touchdown from a recovered fumble.
How White, who previously said he would graduate in either December or in May 2018, looks at his future on the Plains beyond this season will impact Auburn's plans at the position, particularly if he were to pursue a graduate transfer. He arrived in Auburn after spending last fall at a junior college with no football program. "For Jarrett it's just getting him comfortable with our wideouts and Kyle (Davis) being back out with us". Malzahn posted that "the team is excited for Jarrett and ready for the season". He quickly moved up the depth chart that spring and was the Bears No. 2 quarterback heading into the 2015 season.
Another Auburn quarterback, Sean White, tweeted shortly after the announcement that he's "All in!". That allowed Stidham to have three more years of college eligibility.
Stidham started three games as a true freshman at Baylor, completing 75 of 109 passes for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2015, a season cut short by an ankle injury. "I'm just going to take it day to day and just get better".