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Blake Barnett | Quarterback

Team: Arizona State Sun Devils
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 211

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Arizona State redshirt sophomore QB Blake Barnett believes that Alabama HC Nick Saban tarnished his reputation.
"A lot of backlash that I received from [the opener against USC] was that I came out nervous," Barnett said. "I think you could ask just about every teammate and they'd agree that I wasn't. But a certain coach went out to the media and said that I was and so I got that negative reputation from it." The reference to Saban going "out to the media" was in relation to Saban's comments to ESPN's Sam Ponder regarding his quarterback's state of mind at the time of Bama's 2016 season-opener. To be fair to Saban, the fact that Barnett even earned that first start was something of a surprise given that all signs had been pointing toward Cooper Bateman during August camp. Jalen Hurts eventually took over for Barnett against the Trojans. The rest, as they say, is history. Former five-star recruit Barnett eventually transferred to Arizona State in December. After receiving an NCAA waiver, he will be eligible to play immediately for HC Todd Graham's crew in 2017. Feb 16 - 7:33 PM

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