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Cooper Bateman to Transfer

The only question is the timing.

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Unsurprisingly, Alabama backup QB Cooper Bateman has decided to become a graduate transfer and has already been granted his release, per Matt Zenitz of

Complicating matters is Alabama’s inevitable bid to the College Football Playoff. If Bateman’s new chosen team wants him to participate in their bowl practice to better prepare for next season, he may leave immediately. Another issue could be the academic calendar, as some schools start classes on January 9, the date of the College Football Playoff final. At that point David Cornwell would be the only scholarship QB on the roster other than starter Jalen Hurts.

The Tide would also need to find a new holder to replace Bateman on field goals and extra points.

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