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Will Baylor QB Jarrett Stidham Be The Next To Bolt Waco?

Baylor’s quarterback depth could be about to take a major hit.

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UPDATE

David Smoak of ESPN is reporting that according to a close family friend, Stidham will not play for Baylor in 2016. It is also worth noting that he went on to acknowledge that the situation is still very fluid, and could change.

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At the end of May, highly talented quarterback Jarrett Stidham reaffirmed his commitment to Baylor in an Instagram post.

“Can’t wait to get back on that grind tomorrow with my brothers. This year is going to be different than the rest in many ways, but either way we will make a statement to everyone. Excited for the opportunity God has presented this team with to overcome adversity and become even closer as a family. Stick with us Baylor nation, we got this.”

Since then, as fallout from the sexual assault scandal rains down on Waco, TX, several members of the 2016 recruiting class have been granted their release, and the 2017 recruiting class is all but nonexistent.

With quarterback Seth Russell looking to get the start in his senior year, and future seasons looking a little bleak, rumors are swirling this week that Stidham may be looking for a way out.

Stidham played in 10 games last season, and took over the starting role when Russell went down with his injury. Even though Stidham was a true freshman, he played with a poise and moxie of a veteran QB. Completing 68.8% of his passes, he threw for 1265 yards and 12 touchdowns with just two interceptions. Unfortunately, Stidham suffered a season ending injury of his own, and missed the final two games of the season along with the bowl game.

Should coach Grobe fail to keep Stidham in Green and Gold, it would leave the Bears with just two quarterbacks on the roster: Russell, who suffered a significant neck injury last season, and Zach Smith, a four-star pro-style true freshman.

As far as where Stidham could wind up, should he indeed leave, rumors have hims going everywhere from community college to Oregon.

Stidham’s departure would be just one of a thousand recent cuts, but it would be one of the deepest.

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