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Nick Saban confirms QB Blake Barnett has left Alabama

Alabama head coach Nick Saban confirmed that redshirt freshman quarterback Blake Barnett has officially withdrawn from the university.

"We received word this afternoon that Blake Barnett has officially withdrawn from school and is no longer with our program," Saban said in a statement. "The quarterback position is a very unique position where only one player can play. We are very disappointed any time a player leaves the program who feels he can compete for a starting position elsewhere, rather than here at Alabama. We wish Blake the very best of luck in the future."

According to the report from AL.com, Barnett intends to transfer, which would make him the fourth quarterback to do so from Alabama since 2014, joining Parker McLeod, Luke Del Rio and Alec Morris.

During his press conference on Wednesday, Saban said he had not been aware of Barnett's intention to leave Tuscaloosa.

Barnett started Alabama's season-opening game against USC before he was pulled in favor of Jalen Hurts. Barnett, a former five-star product from California, appeared in three games and completed 11 of 19 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns versus the Trojans.

Redshirt junior Cooper Bateman would become the clear No. 2 quarterback on the Crimson Tide's depth chart with Barnett's departure. Bateman started one game last season and was the primary backup to then-starter Jake Coker.

Hurts, a true freshman, has started each of Alabama's past three games and has thrown five touchdowns and just one interception. He also has rushed for three scores.

Top-ranked Alabama (4-0) will host Kentucky on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.