There is rumor flying around on this Wednesday evening that sophomore quarterback Jarrett Stidham may be exploring options to transder out of the Baylor football program. According to David Ubben on Twitter, Stidham's status is currently fluid but Jim Grobe is aware of the situation and is "actively trying to persuade him to stay".
Obviously this would be a massive blow to the present and future of Baylor football with Stidham in line to get playing time this season and ideally stepping into the starting role as a junior for the 2017 campaign. If Stidham does leave the program, Baylor will be left with just two quarterbacks on scholarship in senior Seth Russell and true freshman Zach Smith. Given the nature of Russell's neck injury last season, Baylor would certainly benefit from having someone with Stidham's ability and experience waiting in the wings in 2016 in case Russell goes down again.
Stidham stepped in as a true freshman last season when Russell suffered his neck injury, leading Baylor to a key Thursday night road win at Kansas State and starting games against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State before succumbing to his own season-ending injury. He ended his freshman season with 12 touchdown passes to just 2 interceptions in 109 attempts, completing 68.8% of his passes at 11.6 yards/attempt.
It's worth noting that Stidham posted this to his Instagram account back on May 30, pledging at the time to remain with the program following the firing of Art Briles:
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. Colossians 4:2-3 #BacktoBUsiness
There will certainly be more information to come out on this in the coming days so be sure to keep it here on ODB for the very latest.