Auburn University junior quarterback Jarrett Stidham, a 2015 graduate of Stephenville High School, will be leaving the team to turn pro, according to reports from multiple news sources.
The Sporting News, CBS Sports and Auburn Undercover online, among other sources, are reporting that Stidham will be leaving after playing two seasons with the Tigers.
The current season saw Auburn struggle to a disappointing 7-5 record and a fifth-place finish in the SEC’s West Division. That followed a strong 2017 campaign, when they won the SEC West with a 7-1 mark and finished ranked 10th in the nation with a 10-4 overall record. The Tigers’ last game was a 52-21 loss to top-ranked Alabama last Saturday.
The 2018 football season marked Stidham’s junior year of eligibility. But the 6-3, 215-pound Stidham — a three-time all-state performer with the Yellow Jackets under former coach Joseph Gillespie — will be skipping his senior year with the Tigers.
Auburn will play 6-6 Purdue on Dec. 28 in the Music City Bowl in Nashville.
Stidham was voted Newcomer of the Year in the Southeastern Conference in 2017, and was a second-team all-conference pick by the Associated Press and the SEC coaches. He led the SEC in 2017 in pass completion percentage and was ninth in the nation in that category.
Stidham played for Baylor University in the 2015 season before transferring to McLennan Community College, where he was named as the nation’s No. 1 junior college prospect by ESPN.