3. Where the (bleep) was THIS Auburn passing game?
QB Jarrett Stidham and the passing attack only really let it rip once, and that was late in the win over Texas A&M.
Oh sure, there were a few big games and nice performances from the Stidham – he was outstanding vs. Washington in the opener, and he threw for 322 yards in the loss to Tennessee – but it was a wildly inconsistent passing game that failed to hit 200 yards in each of the last three games.
Darius Slayton was wonderful, taking his three passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns, JaTarvious Whitlow caught a pass for a 66-yard play early on, and overall, the passing attack averaged close to 24 yards per completion.
For Stidham, this was exactly the type of performance he needed after he takes off for the NFL – 15-of-21 for 373 yards and five touchdowns. It’s not going to suddenly turn him into a must-have top first round pick, but it was a true couldn’t-hurt-could-help game.
Next year, Auburn, do this more.