Blake Barnett Immediately Eligible To Play At Arizona State

    Former Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett will be eligible immediately to play for Arizona State after being granted a waiver by the NCAA.

    February 1, 2017

    Former Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett will be eligible immediately to play for Arizona State after being granted a waiver by the NCAA.


    Arizona State and head coach Todd Graham will have a quarterback battle on their hands heading into 2017, as Blake Barnett, who transferred from Alabama to the Sun Devils program in December, will be eligible immediately.

    Barnett was granted a Legislative Relief Waiver, which can be given by the NCAA when a case shows that reasons beyond football were the purpose of the student-athlete transferring. Arizona State filed on behalf of Barnett, who was originally supposed to sit out the first four games of the 2017 season before becoming eligible again.

    The 6-foot-5, 211-pound Barnett should be considered the favorite to take over the Sun Devils starting position under center. In 2016 with the Crimson Tide, he started the opening game against USC, playing only two series before eventual starter Jalen Hurts came into the game and took over as the main guy for the Tide at quarterback. Barnett ended up completing 11-of-19 passes and throwing two touchdowns in the three games he saw action.

    A familiar face will serve as Barnett’s offensive coordinator, as Billy Napier accepted the job on Monday, leaving his position as the wide receivers coach at Alabama. Napier will choose between Barnett, Manny Wilkins, and Dillon Sterling-Cole as the player who will run his offense during his first season in Tempe. Wilkins threw for 2,329 yards, 12 touchdowns, and nine interceptions in 10 games this past season.

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