AUBURN, Ala. (WIAT) – A new starting quarterback will be under center for Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers next season. Jarrett Stidham announced he will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.
“Words cannot describe the gratitude I have for the opportunity to play college football at Auburn University,” Stdham said Tuesday in a statement. “Thank you to all of my family, friends, coaches, and support staff for always believing in me. Thank you to my teammates who I have grown so close to and have made countless memories with. I will cherish the relationships with you guys forever. Also, a special thank you to the Auburn Family. You are the best fans in the country. With that being said, I have decided to enter the 2019 NFL Draft. I love Auburn and am a proud alumni. War Eagle, forever.”
The news is not surprising and has been expected since Stidham’s breakout season in 2017. The Auburn transfer was considered by some to be the one of the top quarterback prospects entering this season, but his stock does not appear to be as high after the Tigers struggled to a 7-5 record in 2018. Stidham finished the regular season ranked ninth in the SEC in passing yards, 10th in touchdown passes and 11th in quarterback efficiency rating.
Gus Malzahn praised Stidham Tuesday for his time on the plains. “Jarrett has been a terrific player for us the last two years, leading us to an SEC West title and becoming one of the most prolific passers in Auburn history. He has tremendous ability and a bright future ahead of him.”
At this point, it’s still unclear if the redshirt junior will play in the Music City Bowl on December 28th.