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Monday, August 14, 2017

Stidham To Lead Tigers in Opener

Jarrett Stidham works under the watchful eye of Gus Malzahn . Photo by: Unknown Source

The other day,I predicted that by Tuesday, Jarrett Stidham would be named the starter for the first game of the upcoming football season. Since that happened, and because of my less than stellar prognostication ability, I can assure you, the starter will not be named on Tuesday. I will say at some point, Gus will name Stidham his starter. 

The vibe coming from the players as they are asked about QB's is the same each time. Their responses feel, and sound, a lot like "This is what they told me to say." 

Sean White did an admirable job as Auburn's starter last season. I don't want to seem ungrateful for his efforts. 

I have carefully studied his film prior to getting injured.  During that 6 game winning streak, White performed very well. A couple of issues I noticed were his throwing mechanics slipping as the season progressed. Plus, he was having trouble moving his feet while running the offense at times.

The fact that the offense overall was astounding has not slipped my memory. Quite the opposite. I wanted to see just how good Sean was when he was healthy verses when he wasn't. 

Let us not forget about his coach this season. Chip Lindsey is heralded as a tough, smart coach with a proven record of coaching up quarterbacks . This being the case, we should see a remarkable improvement in White's footwork, and passing mechanics. 

This begs the question: How long will it take for White to change his bad habits into better performances? White was among the nation's best at one point last season.

["He has a 77 percent completion rate over the last three games, and his overall 69.7 percent rating and 9 yards-per-pass average leads the SEC and is the eighth best in the country." ] from Track 'Em Tigers by AubTigerman

Durability, and mechanics may be in question when it comes to White. what you can't underestimate any longer are his leadership, and willingness to do whatever it takes to win. Even if it means playing with a broken arm. These mean more to his team than any perceived flaws. 


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