What has long been expected has finally been confirmed. Jarrett Stidham will be the starting quarterback when Auburn hosts Georgia Southern to open the 2017 season on Sept. 2. Head coach Gus Malzahn announced the decision on Twitter on Monday morning. Stidham beat out incumbent starter Sean White and true freshman Malik Willis in the competition that has been ongoing since the team opened spring practice in late February. The decision comes a little less than three weeks before Auburn's season-opener. Last year, the competition wasn't decided until Aug. 25 — just nine days before the start of the season.