September 10, 2012 |
Matt Barkley did not mention Stanford in his "unfinished business" speech on the day he announced he was returning to USC for his senior season. But Barkley is 0-3 against the Cardinal -- the only Pac-12 school he has not guided the Trojans to victory over -- so he would no doubt like to take care of that on Saturday when the second-ranked Trojans play at Stanford Stadium. Stanford is ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press media poll and No. 16 in the coaches poll. Former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL draft, led the Cardinal to a 55-21 rout of the Trojans in 2009, a 37-35 last-second victory in 2010 and last season's 56-48 triple-overtime win. Fourth-year junior Josh Nunes, an Upland High graduate, replaced Luck and has led the Cardinal to victories over San Jose State and Duke.
September 5, 2012 |
Matt Barkley and USC are heading to the home of the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants and the New York Jets. Barkley, the Heisman Trophy frontrunner, leads USC against Syracuse on Saturday at MetLife Stadium. "It's a fun thing, especially to get some East Coast love," Barkley said of the trip. The Trojans, who have not done stadium walk-throughs under Coach Lane Kiffin, will do one on Friday. "It will be awesome just to see what it's like to play in an NFL stadium for the first time," receiver Robert Woods said.
May 6, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Eagles' selection of former USC quarterback Matt Barkley in the NFL draft shocked many. But Trojans Coach Lane Kiffin said he was not surprised. Kiffin said Monday that new Eagles Coach Chip Kelly spoke with him about Barkley “early on” and sent the team's quarterbacks coach to Southern California to work out Barkley. Kiffin said he thought at first the moves might be “a smoke screen,” but that the Eagles' decision to select the four-year starter in the fourth round proved that Kelly was “serious all along.” “It's a great organization for Matt,” Kiffin said during a teleconference of Pac-12 coaches.
June 25, 2013 |
Philadelphia Eagles rookie Matt Barkley, who started all four years in both high school and college, said he's enjoying the luxury of staying in the background and learning as he transitions to the NFL. “I think right now is the least amount of pressure, to tell you the truth, the least amount of attention,” the fourth-round pick from USC told the Philadelphia Inquirer in a story published Tuesday. “I don't mind it either way; you just get used to it. But now, with how the whole draft turned it, it allows me to not worry about anything but just put my head down and work, be focused.” Barkley, who recently signed a four-year deal with the Eagles, has been participating in the team's rookie program and will be in Philadelphia for another week before heading back to Southern California for his July 6 wedding to longtime girlfriend Brittany Langdon.
September 17, 2012 |
USC quarterback Matt Barkley took a pounding in USC's 21-14 loss at Stanford. Barkley, now 0-4 against the Cardinal, was hit "more often and harder than he's ever been hit while we've been here," not only while passing but also on running plays, USC Coach Lane Kiffin said Sunday. "He's pretty beat up, mentally and physically," said Kiffin, whose team plays California on Saturday at the Coliseum. "You can imagine the disappointment of a 22-year-old. "He's come back, and all you put into it and a game goes the way that it did and he's never beaten those guys.
February 15, 2013 |
Blaine Gabbert would be the top pick in the 2013 NFL draft if he had stayed at Missouri a full five years rather than come out two years ago. So says the man who has inherited him as his signal caller, new Jacksonville quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo. While many Jaguars fans are ready to pull the plug on Gabbert after two lackluster seasons, Scelfo seems to think the team's best young option at quarterback is the one already on its roster, rather than, say, West Virginia's Geno Smith or USC's Matt Barkley.
August 28, 2009 |
USC Coach Pete Carroll had indicated that Saturday's scrimmage at the Coliseum would be a final chance to evaluate quarterbacks and determine who would be the starter. But he couldn't wait that long. Today, he announced that freshman Matt Barkley was the Trojans starter. "He's the starting quarterback at USC -- it's not a one-game deal," Carroll said in a statement. "He seized the opportunity that was in front of him and took control. He deserves all the credit in the world and we expect nothing but great things from him."
December 23, 2011
Matt Barkley put off becoming a multimillionaire for a year in exchange for the chance at immortality at USC. That seems like a fair trade-off to me. Most people are content to wait until they see some gray hair before reaching millionaire status. Who knows, maybe Matt's decision to stay in college for his senior year will become the norm instead of the exception. But whatever happens, Matt Barkley is an exceptional young man. Tom Turner Dana Point :: As a Notre Dame fan, I think that Matt Barkley's decision to come back for his senior year was about the dumbest thing he could have done.
September 22, 2012 |
USC quarterback Matt Barkley , who lost his Heisman Trophy front-runner status last week, struggled again at times in the Trojans' 27-9 victory over California on Saturday at the Coliseum. Barkley completed 22 of 34 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. He has passed for 12 touchdowns with five interceptions this season. "I'm not looking every week to try to get stats or to get a flashy game," he said. "I'm happy with how the offense performed to a certain extent.