Askew, Britt, and Stidham Join the Tigers
Transfer Quarterback Jarrett Stidham (Photo: Auburn Athletics/Wade Rackley)
Three highly-touted 2017 signees are getting a head start on their Auburn career. Linebacker Kenney Britt, defensive back Malcolm Askew, and quarterback Jarrett Stidham participated in the team’s practice on Tuesday and will continue to practice for the final three days before the Tigers break for Christmas. Britt, a signee who made his commitment via awesome Halloween-themed video, is a 4-star linebacker, and the 14th best player in the state of Alabama according to 247sports. The Oxford product recorded 124 tackles, 17 of those being for a loss in his senior season. Askew, from McCalla, is expected to play defensive back for the Tigers despite having a successful senior season at quarterback at McAdory High School. According to Rivals, Askew is the seventh-best player in the state of Alabama.
“K.J. Britt is a player that we think is going to have a chance to be an outstanding linebacker,” Head Coach Gus Malzahn said following practice on Tuesday. “He’s got a great family, he’s a great person. Malcolm Askew has a chance to be a very good defensive back. Same thing. Great person. Great family. He really fits in with us. It was good to have those guys out there.” Finally, Jarrett Stidham enrolls as a transfer student. The Stephenville, Texas native joins the team after transferring from Baylor amidst the sexual assault scandal that resulted in the firing of Head Coach Art Briles. In his freshman season at Baylor, Stidham passed for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns before an injury ended his season prematurely. As of today, Head Coach Gus Malzahn and his staff have not clarified how these three student-athletes will be used in Auburn’s Sugar Bowl preparations. Auburn travels to New Orleans to face Oklahoma in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on January 2nd, kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Photo: Kenney Britt (33), and Malcolm Askew (29) taking in their first day as Auburn Tigers (Photo: Auburn Athletics/Wade Rackley)