Auburn’s spring game was definitely the Jarrett Stidham Show, no doubt about it. The Baylor transfer came to Auburn with some very good stats. In limited action, he threw for over 1,200 yards and 12 TDs. Saturday, he threw for 267 yards…in one half. Thanks to a drop and a fumble by running back Kam Martin and a missed connection with Jason Smith, even those stats were a bit deceptive. He should have had over 300 yards and two TDs. The performance seemed to legitimize the Heisman hype.
While much was expected from the nation’s best receiver class in last year’s recruiting cycle, the young players struggled in 2016. Saturday, Nate Craig-Myers, Darius Slayton, and even oft-dismissed Marquis McClain shined. Last season, every receiver was often confused and hesitant at the point of attack. Yet these three players were three of the top four producers in the Saturday scrimmage and they were dynamic, even dominating. Credit for that is almost assuredly due to their coach, Kodi Burns.
The player who, perhaps, speaks the loudest to coach Burns’ abilities is Will Hastings. He had seven catches for 75 yards, was the first player Stidham threw to in the game, and he was the player Stidham targeted when things got tough. The speedy slot man looked nearly untouchable, although he fumbled to end a promising drive, and seemed to be the perfect complement to the other receivers. Who would have thought a converted walk-on kicker would be the go-to guy! But, who would know how to turn walk-ons into heroes better than Kodi Burns?