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Blake Barnett says ‘certain coach’ gave him ‘negative reputation’ at Alabama

Arizona State quarterback Blake Barnett said he was “not quite sure why” things didn’t work out for him at Alabama, but having the coach say he was too nervous in his first start didn’t help.

Barnett started Alabama’s opening game of the 2016 season – a 52-6 victory over Southern Cal on Sept. 3 in Arlington, Texas. Barnett left the game in favor of true freshman Jalen Hurts after two series with the Crimson Tide trailing 3-0. Hurts started the rest of the season.

“A lot of backlash that I received from [the USC game] was that I came out nervous,” Barnett told ESPN senior writer Ted Miller. “I think you could ask just about every teammate and they’d agree that I wasn’t. But a certain coach went out to the media and said that I was, and so I got that negative reputation from it.”

Sideline reporter Sam Ponder said at halftime of ABC’s telecast of the Alabama-USC game that…

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