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Quarterback Blake Barnett transferring from Alabama

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Alabama’s golden boy from California will take his talents elsewhere. Redshirt freshman quarterback Blake Barnett was absent from Tuesday’s practice and per Matt Zenitz of, he has decided to transfer from Alabama. Despite earning the start against Southern California, Barnett could not hold off Jalen Hurts.

Barnett, a former five-star recruit, totaled 3,404 passing yards at Santiago High School during his senior year in 2014. He joined Damien Harris, Calvin Ridley and Minkah Fitzpatrick in choosing to sign with Alabama for its 2015 class. Barnett is the eighth player to leave the Crimson Tide this season, following Maurice Smith, Christian Bell, Daylon Charlot, Kendall Sheffield, Adonis Thomas, Charles Baldwin and Shawn Burgess-Becker.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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