By now you’ve all surely heard that Auburn has named QB1 after a couple weeks of fall practice.
Jarrett Stidham will get the job, as many expected, and yesterday was filled with excitement as he and Gus Malzahn met with the media after practice.
Want to see what the quarterback said? Here you go.
VIDEO: Jarrett Stidham, Gus Malzahn talk Auburn starting quarterback job https://t.co/ecIXRke9s8— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 15, 2017
On the heels of the decision, it opens up the talk now for actual game week preparation as well.
"Now it’s just time to lock in, go to work and get ready for Georgia Southern."— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) August 15, 2017
Stidham on Sept. 2: "I don't know if I'll be anxious or nervous but I know I'll be ready to get back out there." #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 14, 2017
Stidham hasn’t taken an actual game snap since late November 2015, so the mix of emotions he’ll have getting back on the field should be incredibly difficult to describe. You can almost imagine that the coaching staff will give him a deep ball early to work out that live arm a bit.
And some people are even looking past Georgia Southern to the next weekend, because that’s when the real test will occur. For some thoughts on living up to the expectations and how that matters in the Tigers’ game at Clemson, check below.
The Clemson game is Auburn's season in a test tube. #wareagle https://t.co/yVQRttaa2P— Josh Dowdy (@heartofauburn) August 15, 2017
So now with the decision settled, Bruce Pearl can finally stop blowing out poor Italian teams (really, what did they ever do to him?). Auburn’s done with it’s final game over in Italy, and boy did that go swimmingly.
"The guys played awfully hard, and we got a lot better this week," @coachbrucepearl— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) August 15, 2017
» https://t.co/Zvgbj7I5GD#WarEagle pic.twitter.com/BrEHg1XawT
Auburn finished the international trip 4-0 and dominated the competition, with some of the new guys getting pretty solid looks, including Chuma Okeke.
FINAL | Auburn 104, Italy All-Stars 58 @chuma_okeke leads the way with his 3rd straight double-double with 10 pts and 20 rebs. #WarEagle pic.twitter.com/zLYVNG1HgJ— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) August 14, 2017
Things are definitely looking up for Bruce Pearl (I know it’s not SEC competition), but he definitely has his most talented team yet, and that should excite Tiger fans for November when things heat up on the hardwood.
We’ll have more from the practice fields today -- Kevin Steele should take the time to visit with the media tonight, but until then... War Eagle!