Former blue-chip quarterback Blake Barnett has had a wild ride of a college football career. He began it at Alabama, where he won the starting job before being quickly supplanted by freshman Jalen Hurts.
From there, he had a stop at Arizona State. He transferred once again, landing at USF, where he started much of last season.
Barnett threw for 2,705 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions in 11 games for the Bulls last season. This season, he played in four games before going out with an ankle injury a few weeks ago against SMU.
Unfortunately, Barnett’s season is now over. Per multiple reports, he is set to have surgery on the ankle, that will keep him out for the remainder of the season.
— CHRIS TORELLO (@TorelloSports) October 17, 2019
Great job by them.
— Nathan Bond (@BullsNathanSBN) October 17, 2019
Barnett’s season ends with 434 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions through the air. USF struggled to a 1-3 record with him in, and his numbers dropped pretty significantly from last season.
The team has actually fared better under freshman Jordan McCloud. He’s helped lead the Bulls to back-to-back wins over UConn and BYU, to get the team’s record back to 3-3 on the season.
The Huskies aren’t exactly a quality win, and the Cougars have struggled over the last few seasons, so that is far from enough to get heat off of Charlie Strong, whose job has really come into question early this year. USF won’t be getting much help by the schedule down the stretch either.
USF has a brutal final four games in AAC play, with Temple, Cincinnati, and Memphis at home, and a trip to rival UCF to end the season.
It is unclear if Blake Barnett will attempt to get a sixth season of eligibility with a medical waiver, since he only played in four games this season. If he does not, since he used his regular redshirt already, his college career will be over.