Auburn, Ala.--Five-star quarterback Jarrett Stidham committed to the Auburn Tigers back in December and enrolled in January so there was no signing day drama involving the potential quarterback of the future for Gus Malzahn’s football team.
“It feels good to finally get back into the system of being with a team,” Stidham said. “I love it here. I am glad to be here with these guys and my other teammates. I am ready to go, ready to compete--glad to be here.”
In 2015 Stidham, as a true freshman, completed 75-109 passing for 1,265 yards, 12 touchdowns and only two interceptions playing for the Baylor Bears. He took over the starting job in late October after the starter, Seth Russell, went down with a neck injury. However, in only his third start Stidham suffered a broken bone in his ankle and was lost for the rest of the season.
Stidham then sat out the entire 2016 year after transferring to junior college when he decided to leave Baylor after Coach Art Briles was fired. He noted that he has been “itching” to get back out on the football field since his injury.
“It was tough,” admitted Stidham. “Every Saturday, I'm sitting there watching game after game and thinking, ‘Man, I should really be playing right now.’ It was tough to be out of the game, but it’s God’s plan. I am thankful that I did it.”
Although he wasn’t actively playing, Stidham became a highly sought-after recruit for the Class of 2017.
“Once I decided to transfer from Baylor, I had my eyes on a few different schools,” said Stidham. “Auburn was kind of the main one that came at me the hardest, along with Texas A&M and Florida. I just felt at home here. I just rolled with it, and, sure enough, it's been the right decision.”