It seems like a lifetime ago that Blake Barnett was a member of the Alabama football program. He started the season opener in 2016.
He completed 5 of 6 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. A respectable performance until then freshman Jalen Hurts took over and totaled 118 yards passing of 6 of 11 attempts with two touchdowns. Hurts would also run for two more scores and eventually take Alabama all the way to the national title game.
Before the month of September 2016 was out, Barnett transferred out of the program and headed west to Arizona State.
He was seemingly forgotten by most Crimson Tide fans, but UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen certainly remembered.
Rosen was asked if he cares if he is the No. 1 pick and went on a small rant about how he feels he has been an underdog in his football career and doesn’t care where he goes. In the process, he let slip a little insult toward Barnett.
“Blake Barnett was the Elite 11 MVP,” Rosen said. “He was the dude that was going to go to ‘Bama, win a couple championships, call it quits and go to the league as the first overall pick. You don’t really hear about him too much. ”
Ouch, but he’s also not wrong.
Barnett is still at ASU, battling it out for the No. 2 spot, hoping to grab a starting position away from incumbent signal-caller Manny Wilkins. He has also endured a coaching change with Todd Graham getting fired and Herm Edwards coming in to try and turn things around.
Edwards has the NFL eperience, but it doesn’t appear as if Rosen thinks it will help Barnett very much.