It looks like another talented Alabama player has seen the writing on the wall about his future with the program.
Not long after true freshman Jalen Hurts had convincingly won the starting quarterback job, former five-star recruit Blake Barnett announced his intention to transfer. Two months later, another quarterback joined the transfer train, as AL.com is reporting that Cooper Bateman plans to transfer as well.
Alabama backup quarterback Cooper Bateman is transferring, and it’s unclear if he’ll be with the team for the College Football Playoffs, sources told AL.com.
Bateman got his release last week, according to sources.
Bateman was the favorite to take over the job after former starter Jake Coker graduated. Bateman had started one game in 2015 — the infamous Ole Miss contest — and it almost seemed like a sure thing. Then Bateman wound up as the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart behind Hurts and Barnett with more talent coming in the 2017 recruiting class.
In two seasons, the former four-star, pro-style quarterback attempted 66 passes for 410 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
The redshirt junior is reported interest in “any team that needs him on campus,” per the report.
It is currently unknown whether he will be with Alabama through the College Football Playoffs or not.