A quarterback competition is under way at Auburn.
With two viable starters at the position, each with experience at the FBS level, coach Gus Malzahn might have his work cut out for him. Fortunately, things are getting started early, and he’ll have plenty of time to sort out who he thinks is best to lead his Auburn Tigers in the 2017 season.
In Tuesday’s spring practice for Auburn, transfer Jeff Stidham wore his new No. 8 jersey and took snaps with the first team. Stidham is a transfer student from Baylor, where he wore No. 3 and was the top ranked dual-threat quarterback once upon a time. T
he job isn’t being handed to him, though. He will have to win a competition against Sean White, who is currently recovering from a broken arm.
The coaching staff is doing what they can to temper expectations for Stidham, who is attempting to learn a new offense and improve over the six weeks spring practice period.
Some feel it is a matter of, when, not if, he will win the starting job regardless of White’s health status.
“I think he’s like everybody else,” Malzahn said. “To improve, to get a good understanding of the offense, to evaluate him – but that goes for everybody out there. He just happens to be a new quarterback, but all the guys, we want to see what they can do and evaluate them and get a good understanding of the offense or the defense.”
Even with White unavailable for practice, the Tigers are still carrying five quarterbacks on the roster right now. Competition should be fierce, but it appears to be Stidham’s job to lose.