Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham is forgoing his remaining eligibility and leaving Auburn for the NFL Draft, he announced Tuesday on social media.
Stidham will leave Auburn after two seasons as the starting quarterback on the Plains.
Stidham posted a statement to his Twitter and Instagram pages Tuesday afternoon, thanking those involved in his Auburn career.
Stidham will play his last game for Auburn in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 28 in Nashville, Tenn. The Tigers will take on Purdue.
“Words cannot describe the gratitude I have for the opportunity to play college football at Auburn University,” Stidham said in his statement. “Thank you to all of my family, friends, coaches, and support staff for always believing in me. Thank you to my teammates who I have grown so close to and have made countless memories with. I will cherish the relationships with you guys forever.
“Also, a special thank you to the Auburn Family. You are the best fans in the country. With that being said, I have decided to enter the 2019 NFL Draft. I love Auburn and am a proud alumni.
“War Eagle, forever.”
In a statement from Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn released by the school, Malzahn confirmed Stidham will play in the Music City Bowl.
“Jarrett has been a terrific player for us the last two years, leading us to an SEC West title and becoming one of the most prolific passers in Auburn history,” Malzahn said. “He has tremendous ability and a bright future ahead of him. I look forward to seeing Jarrett perform one more time in an Auburn uniform and can’t wait to see him playing in the NFL next year and for years to come.”
Stidham’s announcement came after Chip Lindsey’s departure from Auburn was made official Tuesday morning. Lindsey, who coached Stidham as Auburn’s offensive coordinator in each of the last two seasons, was named the next offensive coordinator at Kansas under new Jayhawks head coach Les Miles.
Stidham’s fired for more than 5,500 yards in his two seasons at Auburn.
He threw for 3,158 yards in 2017 as he helped lead the Tigers to the SEC Championship Game and a 10-win season. That mark stands as the second-best single-season passing total recorded in school history.
He’s the sixth-leading passer in Auburn’s program history, sixth all-time in career passing yards in the Tigers’ record books.
Stidham’s thrown for 2,421 yards in the regular season this year, which ended with a 7-5 mark for Auburn after a 52-21 loss to Alabama.
Stidham has been routinely named an NFL Draft prospect throughout his career at Auburn. He announced last January on his Twitter page that he’d be returning to Auburn for the 2018 season, after considering a departure then.
Stidham came to Auburn as a transfer from Baylor. He saw action with the Bears during his freshman season there in 2015, before sitting out the 2016 season before arriving at Auburn.
He was highly touted prospect out of Stephenville, Texas before then.
Stidham has graduated from Auburn with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.
Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant is set to announce where he’s going next later Tuesday. Bryant seeks a new team with which to play out a final season of eligibility in 2019 as a graduate transfer. Auburn is one of Bryant’s five finalists.
Auburn sophomore quarterback Malik Willis has stood behind Stidham on the Tigers’ depth chart all season. Auburn signed four-star quarterback Joey Gatewood as part of its 2018 signing class. Pinson Valley High School senior quarterback Bo Nix, the son of legendary Auburn quarterback Pat Nix, is committed to Auburn. He is set to play in Alabama’s Class 6A state championship game Friday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.