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Blake Barnett transferring, no longer with the team

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Alabama’s highest-rated quarterback prospect is moving on.

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Before the season, we speculated what would happen if the unthinkable actually came to pass and Alabama started a true freshman quarterback, namely an exodus at the quarterback position. Now that Jalen Hurts has the deathgrip on the reins of the Alabama offense, Blake Barnett is the odd-man out, and predictably has left the program and intends to transfer.

While his transferring is not a surprise, leaving the program just four games into the season is.

Barnett has struggled with the yips in his appearances with the Tide this season, and particularly in scrimmages — relying too much on his arm and not enough on taking the throw that is there. Wherever Barnett lands, those issues will still need to be addressed.

From the Al.com story

Barnett appeared in three of the first four games. He was 11 of 19 for 219 yards with two touchdown passes and no interceptions, including 4 of 7 for 55 yards with a touchdown during Alabama's 48-0 win over Kent State on Saturday.

The California native was the No. 2 pro-style quarterback and No. 21 overall prospect in last year's recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.