Alabama Coach Nick Saban says he doesn’t know if backup quarterback Blake Barnett remains with the team.
Saban says the redshirt freshman came to see him before Wednesday’s practice “with some concerns about his future.” He says he hasn’t received a final decision on Barnett’s plans.
A report by Alabama Media Group cited unidentified sources saying Barnett is transferring and has left the program.
Barnett started the Tide’s opener against USC, but lost the battle for the job to freshman Jalen Hurts after that for the top-ranked Crimson Tide.
Barnett, a five-star recruit coming out of Corona Santiago High, has completed 11 of 19 passes for 219 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in three games.
The Tide also has quarterbacks Cooper Bateman and David Cornwell behind Hurts.
Purdue offensive lineman Martesse Patterson was arrested Wednesday and charged with a felony count of battery causing serious bodily injury. The sophomore started at left tackle in Purdue’s first two games but was held out of last week’s game because of “personal issues.” Alex Hilger claims Patterson took property out of his bedroom on Sept. 7. Hilger said when he asked for it back, Patterson punched him in the face. …
Tennessee linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. will miss a third consecutive game Saturday at No. 25 Georgia because of a high ankle sprain. … Gov. Pete Ricketts has agreed to meet next week with one of the Nebraska football players he criticized for kneeling during the national anthem at the Cornhuskers’ most recent game. Michael Rose-Ivey and two teammates each took a knee before last Saturday’s game at Northwestern as a protest against police brutality and racial injustice. ...
Former Iowa All-American quarterback Randy Duncan has died after a lengthy fight with cancer. He was 79. Duncan, who went 15-2-2 as a starter, was perhaps the best quarterback the Hawkeyes have ever had. He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection, winning the Walter Camp Trophy as the nation’s player of the year in 1958. Duncan capped his career by helping the Hawkeyes beat Washington, 38-12, in the 1959 Rose Bowl. He was later named to the College Football Hall of Fame.