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Matt Barkley selected by Eagles in fourth round of NFL draft

April 27, 2013|By Gary Klein
  • USC quarterback Matt Barkley was all smiles in 2011 when he announced he would return for his senior season.
USC quarterback Matt Barkley was all smiles in 2011 when he announced he… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

Matt Barkley's wait is finally over.

USC's quarterback was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the first pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday morning.

Eagles Coach Chip Kelly watched Barkley for four years while coaching at Oregon. Barkley, the 98th overall selection, was the fourth quarterback chosen.

The Buffalo Bills chose Florida State's EJ Manuel with the 16th pick in the first round, the New York Jets selected West Virginia's Geno Smith in the second round and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took North Carolina State's Mike Glennon in the third round.

Barkley, a four-year starter, passed up the opporunity to turn pro after the 2011 season and returned for a final year with the Trojans.

He finished his career as the school's all-time leader in numerous categories, but his Heisman Trophy hopes faded last fall as the Trojans spiraled from preseason No. 1 to a 7-6 record. Barkley passed for 36 touchdowns, with 15 interceptions, in 11 games.

He was sidelined against Notre Dame and for the Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech after sustaining a shoulder injury against UCLA.


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