University of South Florida

University of South Florida Football: A Triple Threat Battle for Starting QB

So the quarterback battle at the University of South Florida was already good now add yet another quarterback to the mix. Blake Barnett who is transferring from Arizona State University. He was also formerly with the University of Alabama. Barnett was with Nick Saban at the University of Alabama in the 2015 season. However, he was benched in favor of Jalen Hurts. He was only two series into that season in a game against the USC. The QB then left the University of Alabama and enrolled into a community college and announced he was transferring to ASU. He thought he would get a fresh start as a Sun Devil but unfortunately, he was unable to overtake Manny Wilkins. Barnett only attempted 5 passes as a Sun Devil QB.

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He then thought he would be able to start the next season. Nevertheless, during the spring, Wilkins showed he was the number one QB. So with having eligibility for another year, Barnett has decided to transfer to the University of South Florida. There is already a QB battle going on between four-year junior Brett Kean and third-year sophomore Chris Oladokun. Both of these quarterbacks have been waiting for their turn after third-year QB Quinton Flowers left for the NFL. During the spring game both QB’s matched each other which makes head coach Charlie Strong and offensive Sterlin Gilbert very happy.

Now, with Barnett in the mix, the position now may go all the way through the spring to figure out who is the best for the position. In my opinion, it is good to have a third option but coach Strong had some young quarterbacks as well. I can see one of these three being the starting quarterback come the first regular season game on September 1st. Barnett will have his work cut out for him. He will have to once again be someone who has to impress and outwork other quarterbacks. He will have to learn the playbook that the other two quarterbacks already have down. I will be surprised to see him as the starting QB when the 2018 season begins.

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