AUBURN, Ala. (AL.com) — The sound emanating from the Plains on Monday was that of inevitability finally becoming reality.
Jarrett Stidham is officially Auburn's starting quarterback.
The formal announcement came two days after Auburn's second scrimmage and tenth overall practice of fall camp, after which Gus Malzahn was "not ready to say" there was separation at the quarterback position, but the move has been in the works ever since the former Baylor signal caller visited the Tigers on the first day of fall camp last year.
Stidham's arm strength and accuracy made him the heavy favorite to win the job from the moment he signed with Auburn last December and he has routinely showcased those abilities since.
Had two-year starter Sean White, who is expected to serve as Auburn's backup this fall, not been limited during spring practice after suffering a broken forearm during the Sugar Bowl, Stidham would likely have earned the starting job by the end of spring practice as teammates hailed his leadership and impact across the team.