|Jarrett Stidham & Coach Lindsey reflecting after Auburn's victory over Georgia Southern. photo by Julie Bennett|
Jarrett Stidham started played his first game in 22 months against Georgia Southern Saturday night. Amongst all the preseason hype, and all the fans expectations, we wanted to look at how well Stidham performed.
First, here are the highlights of the game via Auburn Athletics.
This next video of Gus Malzahn's post game press conference, comes to us via Justin Ferguson and our friends at SEC Country Auburn.
Stidham's performance was a mixed bag. Understandably he dealt with the emotions of playing the game he loves, after being out of game day festivities for nearly two years. That nervousness, was clear in the series opener, when he dropped a snap on Auburn's first 3rd down play.
At least three passes were dropped, one for an easy TD. Some of his passes were behind the receivers in route. That's a timing issue, that should get better as the season progresses.
The first interception, was well behind allowing the Georgia Southern defender to pick it off.
Still, there was a lot to like when looking at the overall passing performance. Stidham was mobile, and made some key throws while moving around inside the pocket, as well as when he rambled outside his protection.
The pass to Will Hastings in the corner of the end zone was sheer perfection! Jarrett managed the game well, and never looked overwhelmed. He never looked confused about where the ball should go.
Overall I'd say he played good. Not great. All things considered, it was a good start to what I think will be a stellar season for Jarrett Stidham.