Baylor granted quarterback Jarrett Stidham his release on Monday, Stidham told Max Olson of ESPN.com. Announcing he planned to transfer on July 7, Stidham will have three years of eligibility remaining once he determines his next destination.
The sophomore-to-be, though, will have some restrictions on where that will be. He will not be permitted to transfer to any Big 12 program, Suzanne Halliburton of TheStatesman.com reports. He’d previously been a longtime commit for Texas Tech but opted to backtrack on that pledge and play for the since-replaced Art Briles at Baylor, so the Red Raiders won’t be a fallback option for Stidham.
As a freshman, Stidham ascended into the starting quarterback role for the Bears after starter Seth Russell became plagued by a neck injury. Stidham played in 10 games for the Bears and completed nearly 69 percent of his passes, throwing 12 touchdown passes compared to just two interceptions. Although a premier dual-threat recruit coming out of Stephensville High (Texas), Stidham only rushed for 70 yards last year.
He’s been taking classes at a Waco-area junior college while planning his next football step. Stidham, who broke his ankle two games after Russell was lost but returned in time for spring workouts, was listed as a co-starter with Russell, now a senior, on Baylor’s depth chart this spring. Acting coach Jim Grobe told a Dallas radio station last week two-quarterback systems don’t work out often.
“I’ve never really seen a situation where you had two really quality quarterbacks that worked out very well. … In this case, I think Jarrett felt like he needed more playing time and I couldn’t promise him that,” Grobe said. “I promised him he could earn it. I’ve never felt like a senior should get playing time just because he’s a senior.”
He figures to have plenty of schools on his trail.