AUBURN, Ala. — Jarrett Stidham threw a few passes in 7-on-7 drills before Auburn’s spring game and then headed to the sideline as a spectator and “encourager.”

Stidham’s role Saturday pretty much summed up his spring. The Tigers’ starting quarterback opened it with his left arm in a sling after surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder that bothered him most of last season.

Stidham was limited in spring practice, which concludes Tuesday, and spent much of it observing and working with his young backups.