The USF Bulls are one of several state schools have had a quarterback battle going on during their training camp run up to the start of the season next weekend. But, unlike FSU, Florida and Miami to this point, the Bulls have apparently made their decision already.
Incoming transfer Blake Barnett, who was a backup at Arizona State a year ago, and was also originally at Alabama, has won the job according to this report first by Spectrum Sports reporters Chris Torello and Mike Carins:
Offensive Coordinator Sterlin Gilbert informed the QBs of his decision this morning.
— CHRIS TORELLO (@TorelloSports) August 23, 2018
As the reporters relayed and it’s now been confirmed by multiple outlets the other Bulls QB’s (there are four others on the roster), were notified by offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert this morning.
The Bulls need a field general to replace their star of the last two years, Quinton Flowers, who broke numerous USF single season and career yardage and passing records.
We wrote three months ago, when USF landed Barnett from the Sun Devils that he was likely to win the job, at least at the start of the year. Here’s more on his background.
Barnett appeared to be the next big time quarterback for Nick Saban at Alabama. However, it began with not being able to beat out Jake Coker three years ago. Then, as CBSSports.com college football writer, Barrett Sallee, wrote about, Barnett was actually practicing with a small cut on his intestine. That was causing internal bleeding, required surgery and affected the rest of his season.
Coker would go on to lead the Tide to the SEC and eventually, National Championship in 2015.
Barnett was finally healthy again and appeared to the guy, as Bama opened the 2016 season with their game against powerhouse USC (above). However, he was replaced during the game with the Crimson Tide’s new freshman sensation dual threat QB, Jalen Hurts.
And Hurts never lost the job. also leading Alabama to the SEC Title but this time a loss to Clemson in the championship game to Clemson.
Barnett, meanwhile, saw the handwriting on the wall, and decided to ask for, and was granted, a transfer out West to Arizona State. He became eligible last year for the Sun Devils, but could not beat out Manny Wilkins, who ended up starting the entire season.
Arizona State fired coach Todd Graham and staff after the season, and again, Barnett could see that he didn’t have a future in Tempe under new coach Herman Edward’s staff.
So, that brings us back to USF, and Barnett having had a previous recruitment by USF’s offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert. Gilbert had recruited Barnett, while at the University of Texas.
The Bulls, have red-shirt junior Brett Kean and true sophomore Chris Oladukon currently sharing most of the snaps with Barnett. Neither of them has previously played significantly for USF.
They open with Elon College at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday night September 1st.
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