AUBURN, Ala. — Jarrett Stidham was limited during Auburn football’s first four spring practices, but he may be slightly busier when the Tigers return from their 10-day spring break.
For Stidham, practices leading up to Auburn’s spring game could include more than footwork and coaching up underclassmen.
“He’s expected to be able to throw, non-contact,” coach Gus Malzahn said at Auburn’s pro day last Friday. “We still think that’s the case, so when he gets back he’ll be able to do the 7-on-7. We’ll see the team, we’ll see how much he does with that, with an orange jersey.”
Malzahn didn’t seem overly concerned about his quarterback. He credited that to two things: the procedure that was done on Stidham’s non-throwing shoulder and Auburn’s quarterbacks aren’t going live in the coming weeks, anyway.
Of course, everyone would rather the junior be more involved, but Malzahn and Stidham are focusing on the positives.
“It’s been hard on him, I do know that,” Malzahn said. “But it’s also been good for him just to kind of see from a different standpoint.”
Even though Auburn is only four practices into spring drills, the newest player in the Tigers’ quarterback room is benefiting a great deal from Stidham’s time on the sideline.
“He’s been back there behind with the communication,” Malzahn said. “I know he’s been helping [early enrollee] Joey Gatewood. A lot of times from that perspective, you can see things a little bit different that I think will help him.”
Earlier in the week, players such as wide receiver Eli Stove said they were preparing as though Stidham wasn’t going to be on the field in Jordan-Hare on A-Day. Last spring, Stidham completed 16 of 20 passes for 267 yards and dazzled in his debut as a Tiger. There will likely be more in-depth details of Stidham’s status leading up to the spring scrimmage.
“He’ll be back,” Malzahn said. “And we’ll see how much he can do on that first Tuesday.”