Quarterback Blake Barnett is now on the graduate transfer market. According to Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated, via Twitter, Barnett will find a new program to wrap up his college football career as a graduate transfer. South Florida is reportedly set to get an official visit from the former Sun Devils and Alabama quarterback.
Barnett started his football career at Alabama, where he sat out the 2015 season as a freshman. During his redshirt freshman in 2016, Barnett appeared in just three games as Jalen Hurts rose to become Alabama’s starting quarterback that would lead the Tide for the next two seasons (until halftime of last season’s national championship game). Barnett transferred to Arizona State, leaving behind a seemingly tumultuous relationship with Nick Saban, and played in just two games for the Sun Devils last fall, while Manny Wilkins established himself as the quarterback for former head coach Todd Graham.
A former four-star recruit out of high school, Barnett has played in just five games and completed 14 of 24 pass attempts for 259 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Barnett’s latest transfer news comes a day after former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen took a swipe at Barnett, who was ranked ahead of Rosen in various recruiting rankings out of high school.
“Blake Barnett was the Elite 11 MVP,” Rosen said, per SEC Country. “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.”
As a graduate transfer, Barnett will be eligible to play immediately this fall.
Whether he is going to be drafted by the Cleveland Browns or not, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen has officially declared for the NFL Draft. Rosen, who could be one of the top players selected in the upcoming NFL Draft, announced his decision to enter the NFL Draft with a released statement on his Twitter account.
Rosen completed 62.9 percent of his pass attempts this season for 3,756 yards and 26 touchdowns with 10 interceptions in 11 games for the Bruins. While the injury issues were not as damaging to his season as the 2016 season, Rosen did get banged up with a concussion in the middle of the season. That cost him one game. In a high-profile showdown against USC and Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold, Rosen passed for 421 yards and three touchdowns, although UCLA came up five points short against the eventual Pac-12 champions.
In three years at UCLA, Rosen passed for 9,341 yards and 59 touchdowns with 26 interceptions in 30 games. Rosen is expected to be one of the top quarterback prospects in the NFL Draft and could potentially be the number one draft pick. There was some question if Rosen would hold off on declaring for the draft if it meant the Browns would potentially draft him. Now, Rosen is free for the taking if Cleveland wants him. The Browns own the first and fourth overall picks in the draft. After a disappointing rookie season by former Notre Dame quarterback Deshone Kizer, the Browns going back to draft a QB would not be stunning at all.
With UCLA about to prepare for a key Pac-12 matchup on the road against Utah, the Bruins will be without starting quarterback Josh Rosen. Rosen, who is sidelined with a concussion, did not even make the trip to Salt Lake City for the game, according to reports. Previous reports suggested a hand injury suffered last week were to be the reason he would be sidelined, but Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times reported, via Twitter, a concussion was the mitigating factor.
Rosen was taken out of last week’s game against Washington with a hand injury. He was then held out of practices this week. Without Rosen, UCLA will likely move forward with Devin Modster getting first-team snaps with the offense. This season, Modster is 8-of-15 for 82 yards and a touchdown. Other backup options will include Matt Lynch and Austin Burton, both of whom made the trip for UCLA.
How long Rosen may miss remains unknown, but his absence will have an impact on UCLA’s offense just as it did a year ago.
Needing two wins just to become bowl-eligible in the final month of the season, UCLA needs to be as close to full strength as they can in order to reach the postseason. Having quarterback Josh Rosen leave Saturday’s game at Washington with a hand injury was a reason to start thinking about hitting the panic button, and a 44-23 defeat certainly did not help. But a day later, it appears the status of Rosen is to be considered a bit more fortunate than the worst-case scenario.
Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated reported via Twitter Rosen’s hand injury is not considered serious, which suggests Rosen may still be available for the Bruins down the stretch.
At this time, it is unknown if Rosen will miss any playing time, but the initial report from Feldman should be encouraging. Rosen has thrown for 2,713 yards and 20 touchdowns this season.
UCLA plays at Utah on Friday night this week. UCLA also hosts Arizona State, visits USC, and hosts Cal to wrap up the regular season. With four games remaining and two games back in the Pac-12 South standings in the loss column with a head-to-head tiebreaker going to Arizona, UCLA’s slim chances of winning the Pac-12 South are still there but have just about faded away.
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley was held in check for much of the afternoon on Saturday by Northwestern, but that wasn’t enough to change Barkley’s Heisman odds this week. The latest Heisman Trophy odds form Bovada held firm with the 5/4 odds placed on Barkley last week, which keeps him atop the Heisman board for now.
The most notable development in the Heisman odds this week may be the rise of Stanford running back Bryce Love. Love rocketed up the board this week by going from 14/1 odds last week to 4/1 odds this week. The only two players ahead of Love right now are Barkley and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. After a home loss to Iowa State, Mayfield’s Heisman odds moved from 9/4 to 13/4.
Love leads the nation with 206.67 yards per game and is the only running back in the nation to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark so far. Love leads the nation with 1,240 rushing yards, which is roughly 240 yards than the next leading running back, San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny. For reference, Barkley’s rushing total stands at 649 yards, although Barkley’s all-purpose yardage adds up to 1,302 yards, which is ahead of Love’s all-purpose yardage so far.
Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, saw his odds dip from 10/1 to 16/1 after a road loss at NC State on Thursday night.