Stidham: 'A lot of room to grow' on offense

Bryan Matthews, Senior Editor
Auburn Sports

AUBURN | Every week Jarrett Stidham is growing in confidence and becoming more comfortable as Auburn’s starting quarterback.

The sophomore transfer has completed 79.1 percent of his passes in the last four games, throwing for 1,081 yards and five touchdowns. It’s no coincidence the 10th-ranked Tigers have won all four by a margin of 168-57.

“We've come a long way since the first couple of weeks of the season,” Stidham said. “We're still looking to improve quite a bit. I think there's still a lot of room to grow all the way around. We're still trying to improve every week.”

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Stidham said that improvement starts with him. He makes a point of studying his film each week to pick out everything he can improve on. It’s the same this week as Auburn’s prepares to play a key SEC West game at LSU.

“Overall, there's some plays where the execution is great. The screen pass to Ryan everybody did their job perfectly. It was a great play,” Stidham said. “Others, whether it's me or whoever, we've just got to execute better. Really, that's what it comes down to every week, just trying to execute on a higher level each week and we've been doing a good job of that.”

Stidham currently leads the SEC and is fifth nationally with a 71.2 completion percentage. His 166.2 pass efficiency rating is first in the SEC and ninth nationally. He’s thrown for 1,345 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions.

In just over 10 months in Auburn, he’s become a key team leader on and off the field.

“He’s just real calm, kind quiet and has that quiet confidence about him,” said H-back Chandler Cox, who is Stidham’s roommate. “Continue to get better each week. We talk to each other in the room all the time. Let’s get better today, let’s go get better this week, let’s go win, let’s go lead and that’s what I love about Jarrett. He’s always willing to get better and willing to lead this team and kinda just pushes me when I’m feeling a little down or I push him when he’s feeling a little down.”

Kickoff at Tiger Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m. CT on CBS.

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