Kirk Herbstreit isn’t shy about contributing to the hype surrounding Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham and his offense this season.
While the transfer from Baylor has yet to play a game for the Tigers, there’s no doubting the kind of talent that will be under center for Gus Malzahn, and it’s one that can bring some much-needed fireworks.
On Wednesday during a teleconference previewing the upcoming season, Herbstreit showed just how optimistic he is that the offense out in the Plains will be a force to be reckoned with.
“I always feel like when Gus has a guy who can run it like a legitimate threat to make defenses be aware of what he can do running the ball, it just opens up every other aspect of their attack,” Herbstreit said.
“I don’t know. I haven’t talked yet with Gus about how he’s progressing. But I know what the kid has, as far as his ability to run and throw, I think he fits in perfectly into that offense, and with the big ‘backs that they have behind him with Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway, this offense has a chance to be the Gus Malzahn offense, when they’re scoring 35, 40 points a game.”
While Auburn’s attack last season did average 31.2 points per game (sixth in the SEC), it was middle of the pack in conference play relative to other SEC teams by putting up 26.3 points per game.
The unit managed just three touchdowns combined in three of the last four games at Georgia, at Alabama and vs. Oklahoma.
Though Stidham will be in a completely different offense than he got accustomed to at Baylor, Herbstreit’s thinks he’ll adapt with flying colors, and the production will prove that.
“I think Stidham ends up having a big year this year in that system.”
No. 12 Auburn opens the season against Georgia Southern on Sept. 2 before traveling to Clemson in Week 2.
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