ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Jarrett Stidham #8 of the Auburn Tigers looks on in the first half against the UCF Knights during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Early Heisman contender suffers setback ahead of spring practices


Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham had the opportunity to go pro after this season, but decided to stick around with the Tigers to improve his draft stock. That's got him on the radar for potential Heisman talk, but he'll first have to recover from some offseason surgery.

247Sports confirmed a report about Stidham getting shoulder surgery with an Auburn spokesperson. They said, "Jarrett had a minor procedure on his left shoulder. Coach (Gus) Malzahn expects him to participate in spring practice."

For Auburn, spring practices begin Feb. 27. Stidham is currently sporting a sling on his arm.

Stidham finished the season with 18 passing touchdowns, six interceptions, four rushing touchdowns and 3,158 passing yards on the season. However, a lot of that was overshadowed by his poor play in the Peach Bowl against UCF, which resulted in many "National Championship" claims in the ensuing weeks. However, the Tigers did win the SEC West with Stidham under center and beat both teams that eventually played in the real National Championship game.