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Auburn will have a very important piece of its offense returning for the 2018 season.

Auburn football: Jarrett Stidham staying tops list of good things for Tigers

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Smile, Jarrett Stidham’s staying 

The beginning and end of the year wasn’t great for quarterback Jarrett Stidham, but everything in between was pretty spectacular.

Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow said before the SEC Championship that if the Texas native had started the year as hot as he finished it, Stidham might have had a chance at being a Heisman Trophy finalist.

At the Peach Bowl, Stidham talked about growing up dreaming of winning the Heisman, but said that wouldn’t sway his decision to return.

Regardless, Auburn’s quarterback probably has a good chance to be included in conversations about college football’s most prestigious award now that he has opted to come back.

Say what you want about Stidham’s turnover issues in December and January or the miscommunication of his protection.

Playing below his standard was perhaps the best thing that could have happened for 2018. Now Stidham will go into the spring and summer more motivated than ever.

Auburn football nearly checked off all of the goals on its list and now Stidham can lead the charge again into his junior season on The Plains.

In other Auburn news:

Two ranked teams taken down 

Being undefeated is great — whether you’ve played 20 games, 10 games or two games, and few teams understand that better than Auburn basketball.

Picked to go 4-14 in conference play, the Tigers instead opened SEC play with wins over two ranked teams in their first two games.

Tennessee in Knoxville? No problem. Arkansas in Auburn Arena? Hogs who?

Bruce Pearl’s team became the first Auburn group to beat two AP Top 25 teams in back-to-back games since 1986. That’s certainly one way to use a springboard into the Southeastern Conference season.

If you weren’t inside a jam-packed Auburn Arena on Saturday night, check out the highlights:

Tweet of the day 

Offensive lineman Prince Tega Wanogho has the best answer hands down for fans wondering who to root for on Monday night.

So is it Alabama or Georgia? No sir.

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