AUBURN, Ala. — Three players Auburn football hopes will make an impact in the 2017 season got a head start Tuesday during the Tigers’ fifth Sugar Bowl practice.
Former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham, true freshman linebacker K.J. Britt and true freshman defensive back Malcolm Askew all made their practice debuts Tuesday afternoon, according to head coach Gus Malzahn.
“They were out there with us,” Malzahn said. “They didn’t do a whole lot, obviously we’re in the middle of preparing for Oklahoma. They were able to do individual. Their teammates are very excited to have them as part of our family.”
Early enrollees at Auburn practice Tuesday
Quarterback Jarrett Stidham plus defensive back Malcolm Askew (29), linebacker K.J. Britt (33) pic.twitter.com/3ayjCBembV
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Stidham arrived in Auburn on Monday. The former Baylor quarterback, who will be a sophomore in the 2017 season, will compete with rising junior Sean White for the starting job during spring practices.
Stidham, along with Britt and Askew, cannot participate in on-site Sugar Bowl practices in New Orleans. The Tigers will practice Wednesday and Thursday before breaking for Christmas. They’ll travel to Louisiana next Tuesday.
“Jarrett, it was good to get him out there,” Malzahn said. “He threw some individual. I think he made the comment that it was good to be back on the practice field. He’d been out for a long time but has really good zip on the ball.”
Britt and Askew are both 4-star prospects in the class of 2017 and early enrollees. Malzahn gave a similar scouting report for the two of them after their first practice day on the Plains.
“K.J. Britt’s a player that we think is going to have a chance to be an outstanding linebacker, has a great family, great person,” Malzahn said. “Malcolm Askew has a chance to be a very good defensive back. Same thing — great person, great family, really fits in with us.”
For the trio of newcomers, getting on campus for just a few bowl practices is important toward settling them into the routine before spring ball.
“There’s nothing like getting out there with your teammates in a practice-type situation,” Malzahn said. “Give them more of a foundation once spring gets here it won’t be a shock to their system with the way practice is set up, the tempo, the drills the coaches expect and all that. So I know that will help them.”