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Tide unsure if backup QB is still with team

Alabama coach Nick Saban said he doesn't know if backup quarterback Blake Barnett is still with the team after the redshirt freshman saw him before Wednesday's practice "with some concerns about his future."

Saban said he hasn't received a final decision on Barnett's plans.

Alabama Media Group reported that Barnett is transferring and has left the program.

Barnett, a former five-star recruit from Corona, Calif., started the opener, then lost the battle for the job to freshman Jalen Hurts.

LSU: Defensive lineman Davon Godchaux was reinstated and can practice with the team, but it's not clear if he will play Saturday against Missouri. On Tuesday a prosecutor said no formal charges would be filed against Godchaux in a domestic incident. Also, running back Leonard Fournette (ankle) will be a gametime decision.

Nebraska: Coach Mike Riley said he expects Michael Rose-Ivey to represent himself well when he meets next week with Gov. Pete Ricketts, who criticized Rose-Ivey and two other players for kneeling during the national anthem last weekend. Riley said it was "awesome" that the governor and senior linebacker would meet. "Let's get the conversation started," Riley said, smiling. "Michael will do great."

Tennessee: Linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. will miss a third straight game Saturday at Georgia due to a high ankle sprain.

OBITUARY: College Football Hall of Famer Randy Duncan, considered by many the best quarterback in Iowa history, died Tuesday after a lengthy fight with cancer. He was 79. Mr. Duncan was a two-time All-Big Ten selection, winning the Walter Camp Trophy as the nation's player of the year in 1958. Mr. Duncan was the first pick in the 1959 NFL draft, but picked the CFL over the Packers. He retired in 1961 and practiced law in Des Moines.

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