Twenty-four hours after news surfaced that Crimson Tide quarterback Blake Barnett intended to transfer from the Alabama program, it was made official by Head Coach Nick Saban on Thursday.
Barnett leaves Alabama after throwing just 19 passes.
“We received word this afternoon that Blake Barnett has officially withdrawn from school and is no longer with our program,” Nick Saban said in a released statement Thursday evening. “The quarterback position is a very unique position where only one player can play. We are very disappointed any time a player leaves the program who feels he can compete for a starting position elsewhere, rather than here at Alabama. We wish Blake the very best of luck in the future.”
Barnett, a California native, was a redshirt freshman vying for the starting job in the preseason. True freshman Jalen Hurts became entrenched as the starter after Barnett got the start in the season opener against USC, putting Barnett at number two on the position depth chart.
Now with Barnett out of the program, redshirt junior Cooper Bateman appears to be the backup to Hurts heading into Saturday’s game with Kentucky.
David Cornwell and Montana Murphy are the other quarterbacks on the Alabama roster.
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