Former Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell already is a believer in potential new Tigers starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham.
Campbell said on “The Cube Show” with Cole Cubelic on AM-WUMP in Huntsville, Alabama on Thursday that he liked what he saw out of Stidham in the Tigers’ A-Day spring game this past weekend.
“I like him,” Campbell said. “I like his presence in the pocket. Everything starts with the footwork, and you can tell that (offensive coordinator) Chip Lindsey has been working with them on their footwork.”
In particular, Campbell also noted Stidham’s accuracy.
“Most of the balls he throw on those go-balls were not just long foul balls, where you just throw it up and you’re out throwing the guy or the ball lands out of bounds,” Campbell said. “The ball was landing directly in the vicinity of the receiver. Plus, it was keeping them on the run. That’s how you get yards after the catch.
“The other thing was throwing those deep out-routes. We call them ‘seven routes,’ where you run those 15-yard corner routes and it looks like an out route. He was putting the ball outside where only the receiver can catch the ball. But it was very accurate, keeps them inbounds and keeps the ball away from the defender.”
Stidham, a junior college transfer who previously played at Baylor, finished the intrasquad scrimmage 16 of 20 for 267 yards. Four of his completions went for gains of 33 or more yards.
The former Baylor quarterback was not the only quarterback who caught Campbell’s eye last Saturday. He also said he likes what he saw from true freshman quarterback Malik Willis, who went 8 of 12 for 111 yards.
“He showed a lot of upside and positivity,” Campbell said. “I think if you give him some time to build more body mass, he definitely could be a kid with a future as well.”
Campbell played quarterback at Auburn from 2001-04. He was the SEC Offensive Player of the Year in 2004 when the Tigers went 13-0 and won the SEC championship.
Campbell played nine seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals.
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