Barnacle 7,988 Posted November 29, 2017 Share Posted November 29, 2017 Jarrett Stidham is the best quarterback in the SEC, and one of the best quarterbacks in the country. Earlier this week, Kirby Smart called him the most improved player in the SEC from the start of the season to now. His biggest area of improvement? Navigating the pass rush. Through the LSU game Auburn gave up 22 sacks. Since LSU, Auburn has given up only 5, and only 3 between Georgia and Alabama. Granted, Stidham's 11 sacks against Clemson were not entirely his fault. We were starting a Sophomore at LT who only began learning the position two years prior, and we've since found continuity on the line. Still, early in the season Stidham showed a reluctance to step up in the pocket and a tendency to bail on pass plays, resulting in both sacks and missed opportunities down the field. Against Georgia and Alabama, Stidham showed exactly why he is the most improved player in the SEC. Aside from protecting the ball through the air, Stidham is correctly throwing the ball away and showing remarkable poise against the pass rush, turning a few certain losses into gains or no loss at all. In other cases, he's shown a willingness to hang tough and make a big throw, even in the face of pressure. The scary thing is, as well as Stidham played against Georgia three weeks ago, he played even better last week against Alabama. We were the best team Georgia had faced all season long in our first meeting. We will once again be the best team Georgia has played this weekend. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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