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New Auburn Quarterback Jarrett Stidham Dedicated to Working On His Game, Coach Says

Gus Malzahn and an Auburn football player talk about quarterback Jarrett Stidham's performance so far this spring.

Auburn, Ala.--Following Auburn's second football scrimmage of the spring Coach Gus Malzahn used a basketball term to describe Jarrett Stidham, the quarterback who has been busy this spring taking reps with Auburn’s first team offense.

“You know he does a good job, but he is up at that office a lot on his own,” Malzahn said about the transfer from Baylor, who mentioned after scrimmage one a week ago that he has plenty of room to improve.

“I mean, he has that gym rat mentality so he’s real tough on himself about that kind of stuff,” Malzahn noted. “I think he has done a good job and the fact that what he said last Saturday probably makes sense.

“He has done a good job with the communication,” the head coach said. “There are a lot of moving parts, you know--learning a new offense, learning a new system, communication, getting used to a quarterback coach, and Sean White’s done a really good job, too.

“I know he only does seven-on-seven, but you can tell Sean is a veteran guy, too,” Malzahn said of the returning starter at quarterback, who won’t be cleared for full contact practices due to his arm injury until the Tigers return to the field for preseason drills in August.

Commenting on Stidham, Malzahn said, He is just hard on himself. Most quarterbacks usually are. He has got his handful of things he is really tried to focus on to get better. I am sure Coach Lindsey likes that attitude.

“He has got to get better,” Malzahn added. “I will tell you he has got some strengths, too, as well as our other quarterbacks do. They are all a little bit different.

“Just from a quarterback standpoint overall, if you ask me right now, I?have been impressed with the group. I think they have all improved and I think they are all doing a good job of wanting to be coached and wanting to get better.”

Teammate and fellow Texan, Kam Martin, said that Stidham is “getting the job done” this spring.

“Jarrett is good,” Martin said. “That’s my boy. He’s a great player.”

Martin said that he isn’t noticing any weaknesses from Stidham, a redshirt sophomore who has three seasons of eligibility for the Tigers. “I feel like he’s a complete quarterback. He can get the job done.”

A true sophomore who rushed for 320 yards and three touchdowns last season, Martin added, “When Jarrett first got here he told me he wanted to step in here and be a leader from the jump and that’s what he did. Every day Jarrett is breaking out the group. He’s just stepping up and being a leader.”

Auburn fans will be able to check out Stidham and his teammates on Saturday, April 8th at the annual A-Day Game. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. CDT at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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