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UCLA sets focus on Arizona's Dawkins for key Pac-12 matchup

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — UCLA coach Jim Mora said he has been pleased by his defense's ability to contain "the guy that can hurt you most" this season.

He also recognizes that Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins will present a different kind of challenge Saturday.

Dawkins is averaging 130.3 yards rushing per game, second only to Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey in the Pac-12, and his seven rushing touchdowns are one more than the entire UCLA ground game has produced through four games.

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Nick Saban: Backup QB Blake Barnett has left program, school

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama redshirt freshman quarterback Blake Barnett has left the program and withdrawn from school.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban announced Barnett's departure in a statement Thursday. The former five-star recruit from Corona, California, started the opener against Southern California for No. 1 Alabama.

Since then, freshman Jalen Hurts has claimed the starting job. Saban had said that Barnett met with him before practice Wednesday with concerns about playing time.