Auburn starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham was spotted in a sling after having unannounced surgery.
Jarrett Stidham is coming off of his first season with the Tigers. He was one of the SEC's most hotly-anticipated newcomers this fall.
The former blue-chip recruit began his college career under Art Briles at Baylor. He left after the sexual assault scandal that cost Briles and many other Baylor higher-ups their jobs.
Stidham won the starting quarterback job at Auburn outright. Overall, he had a pretty strong first year.
He threw for 3,158 yards, completing 66.5-percent of his throws. He tossed 18 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
Stidham was pretty efficient, with 8.54 yards per attempt. He also ran for four scores.
The quarterback was spotted on campus with his arm in a sling by a student reporter for Eagle Eye TV. Auburn confirmed that he had minor surgery to repair his left shoulder.
He is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for spring football, which begins in late February. From Auburn Undercover:
"Jarrett had a minor procedure on his left shoulder," an Auburn spokesperson confirmed. "Coach (Gus) Malzahn expects him to participate in spring practice."
Spring practices begin Feb. 27. The right-handed Stidham is wearing a sling to support his left shoulder.
Stidham mulled over the possibility of entering the NFL Draft, which he was eligible to enter. Instead, he will return to Auburn for a second season.
Auburn finished the season 10-4. The Tigers won the SEC West after beating Alabama in the Iron Bowl, but fell to Georgia in the conference championship. UCF beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl.