Cause for concern? Jarrett Stidham struggles in Auburn's first fall scrimmage
The Auburn coaches are still trying to decide who will be the team’s starting quarterback against Georgia Southern come Sept. 2nd, but all signs have been pointing to Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham as the favorite to win the competition. In the famous words of Lee Corso, “not so fast, my friend.”
Stidham reportedly struggled in the Tigers’ first scrimmage of the fall according to Josh Vitale of OANow.com. The former 4-star JUCO prospect took a couple of sacks while also tossing one interception (previous report said two INTs, but it has been confirmed that he threw just one INT) — which was returned for a touchdown by defensive back Jamel Dean. It’s a small sample size, but Stidham will need to show more if he wants a chance to uproot last year’s starting QB Sean White.
Auburn HC Gus Malzahn had this to say about the team’s quarterbacks during his press conference following the scrimmage:
“All three of them did some good things, but all three of them have numerous things they need to work on.”
Sean White struggled to stay healthy last season, but he was efficient when he was on the field. As a sophomore, he threw for 1,679 yards and 9 touchdowns while completing 63.9 percent of his passes. In addition to his inability to stay healthy, White’s struggles as a downfield passer also contributed to opening the door for Stidham to take the starting job.
The competition is wide open right now, but one of these two players needs to step up and stake a claim to the job if Auburn wants a chance at competing for an SEC West title this season.