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From the archives: What it’s like to be a grad transfer quarterback

New USF quarterback Blake Barnett is the latest in a string of grad transfer quarterbacks. Here's a look at some of the issues others faced.
Florida State's Everett Golson was one  of many recent grad transfer quarterbacks. Blake Barnett (USF) is the latest. [ OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times ]
Florida State's Everett Golson was one of many recent grad transfer quarterbacks. Blake Barnett (USF) is the latest. [ OCTAVIO JONES | Times ]
Published May 18, 2018|Updated May 18, 2018

With former Alabama and Arizona State quarterback Blake Barnett officially headed to USF, Barnett  will become the latest in a growing line of grad transfers trying to win starting jobs elsewhere.

If Barnett is like the grad transfer quarterbacks I interviewed in 2015, he'll find that the process isn't easy. Everything from the playbook to housing to team chemistry can be a challenge.

"When you transfer, it sounds like a good idea, almost like you're going through the recruiting process again," said Ben Mauk, who starred at Cincinnati in 2007 after four years at Wake Forest. "Then when you get there, it's just like you're a freshman again."

In light of the Barnett news, check out our story from the archives on what it's like to be a graduate transfer quarterback. 

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