ESPN 1660's David Smoak reported on Twitter that former four-star quarterback Jarrett Stidham will not play for the Baylor in 2016. He now joins the growing list of Bears departing from the football program.
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Stidham played in 10 games as a true freshman at Baylor, starting three times after Seth Russell had a season-ending neck injury. He completed 68 percent of his passes for an average of 11.6 yards gained per attempt and threw 12 touchdowns against just two interceptions in 109 total attempts. Better yet, Stidham was the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback and the 38th-ranked overall player in the 2015 recruiting class. Injuries ultimately took a toll on the backup's performance; he suffered an ankle injury in the first half of Baylor's game against Oklahoma State that wound up shutting him down for the final three games of the season.
With Russell back on track, it was likely that Stidham would once again be placed behind him on the depth chart for the 2016 season.
If he leaves, the Bears will have only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster: Russell and rookie Zach Smith.
By enrolling at McLennan Community College (MCC) in Waco, Stidham retains eligibility; technically, the QB can take this upcoming season as a redshirt year of sorts and then transfer wherever he wants in 2017 with three remaining years of eligibility.
According to SB Nation's Mark Seymour, Baylor has now lost - either to transfer, release from LOI, or being kicked off the team -more than thirteen football players than originally anticipated to be a part of the 2016/17 roster. Baylor's 2017 recruiting class disappeared practically immediately after the football program's failures to properly handle allegations of assaults against women surfaced. The university fired head coach Art Briles, leaving the state of the program in a frenzy.
The Bears finished the 2015 season 10–3, 6–3 in Big 12 play to finish in fourth place. The deficits in the roster, as well as the coaching changes, are definitely lethal blows to Baylor's chances of improving their position in the upcoming season.