Former Alabama QB on Saban: 'It was kind offensive that he would

Solenn Plantier
Août 8, 2017

Former Cottonwood High and Alabama quarterback Cooper Bateman, who transferred to the University of Utah for the 2017 season, was a focal point Tuesday of an ESPN story claiming that Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban communicated poorly with players in 2016 regarding who would be the team's starting quarterback. "It wasn't really how it was told to me it was going to be". Hurts replaced Barnett after two series against USC and didn't give way to Barnett again until he helped guide the Tide to a 38-3 lead. "I knew I didn't want to be involved with that anymore, but fortunately that was the first game of the season - 12, 13 more to go".

"According to (Saban), I was their guy", Barnett said. "Once Jalen went in, I was expecting it". According to the New York Post, Barnett expected Hurts to go in the game for that series, but when he kept going back in he became confused about what was going on. "I knew after that first game that I didn't really want to be a part of it anymore".

Blake Barnett and Cooper Bateman thought that they would be the primary quarterbacks last season for Alabama football, but this turned out not to be the case.

Barnett said he wasn't surprised by Saban's ire at his decision, though he was caught off guard when Saban publicly blasted him for "quitting" on the team.

"Obviously, I didn't expect them to be happy in any way". "The only thing I took offense to is that Saban goes out to media and tried to diminish my reputation for a decision I made that was best for my career individually".

Without Barnett, the Crimson Tide rolled to a flawless regular season (12-0) with Hurts being named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year. "It was kind offensive that he would go out and bash a 20-year-old". Alabama eventually lost in the national championship to Clemson. He won an appeal from the NCAA and will be eligible to start the season for Arizona State this season.

Meanwhile, Bateman - a Utah native - was Jake Coker's backup as a redshirt sophomore with the Tide in 2015 and was Jalen Hurts' backup most of last season.

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