AUBURN, Ala. — It would be easy for Jarrett Stidham to soak up all the attention he’s received this year as Auburn football’s quarterback savior, but his roommate Chandler Cox says the Baylor transfer gives the hype little mind.
“He doesn’t pay attention to it,” said Cox, Auburn’s junior H-back. “And even if I tell him something that was online about him he’s like, ‘I really don’t care.’ He just goes along and is trying to help this team as much as possible.”
Cox says Stidham is grateful to be going through fall camp surrounded by teammates after sitting out last season, working out in the shadows of a training facility.
“He hasn’t played in a while so he’s super excited to be out here,” Cox said. “It’s been a long time for him, and I’m super excited for him to be out here.”
Cox credits Stidham for building a reputation as a relentless worker both on and off the field.
“He fits in, his personality, the kind of person he is. That’s really what stood out to me since he first got here,” Cox said. “I love a person who wants to work hard and just put your hand in the dirt and just do the dirty work. That’s what Jarrett does, he’s not just a pretty boy who doesn’t want to do anything. He’s a hard worker and he’s done a really good job of fitting in here. And I think he’s a great Auburn man.”
That work ethic will be key in securing the spot as Auburn’s starter in the coming weeks. After Day 2 of fall camp on Tuesday, Cox noted all of the quarterbacks — including returning starter Sean White and freshman Malik Willis — are doing a good job.
Though Cox spends a ton of time with Stidham, he insists he’s not picking a favorite in the QB competition.
“I love on everybody,” Cox said. “I don’t try to hate on or try to talk bad on anyone else. I think Sean is a tremendous quarterback and he’s done a really good job for us.
“So I just tell Jarrett go out there and don’t let Sean beat you. I tell Sean that, too, don’t let Jarrett beat you. Even Malik, I tell him be that guy. I try to encourage all of them because it’s a tough spot and whoever is going to be there I think will do a good job.”