Jarrett Stidham, one of the top returning quarterbacks in the SEC, will probably miss some time this spring.
Jarrett Stidham played his first season with the Tigers in 2017. He was one of the SEC’s most hotly-anticipated newcomers this fall.
The former four-star recruit began his college career under Art Briles at Baylor. He left the Bears program following the widespread sexual assault scandal that led to Briles and other higher-ups being ousted.
Ahead of last season, Stidham won the starting quarterback job outright. He was one of the top signal callers in the SEC last fall.
Stidham threw for 3,158 yards, completing 66.5-percent of his throws. He tossed 18 touchdown passes and six interceptions.
Late last month, student media spotted Stidham with his arm in a sling. As it turns out, he had just had unannounced shoulder surgery.
After the surgery was revealed, head coach Gus Malzahn said that he expected to have his quarterback healthy in time for spring football. That timetable is being pushed back a bit.
Today, Malzahn met with the media for National Signing Day. He said that Stidham will likely miss the beginning of spring ball as he recovers from the procedure. From 247Sports:
Stidham underwent a "minor" surgery to repair his left, non-throwing shoulder at the end of the season in January. The Tigers are scheduled to begin spring practices March 1, two days earlier than previously scheduled. Malzahn previously expected Stidham to be healthy enough to participate in spring drills.
"At this point it looks like he probably won't be able to start to participate until after spring break," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said.
Auburn's spring break is scheduled to begin March 12 and ends March 16.
It isn't ideal news for the Tigers. However, it doesn't sound like Stidham is in much jeopardy of missing time during the regular season.
Auburn opens play with Pac-12 power Washington. The two teams square off in Atlanta on September 1.