Matt Barkley #12 QB
Height: 6-2 Weight: 227 Age: 26
Born: 9/8/1990 Newport Beach , CA
Experience: 4th season
High School: Mater Dei HS [Santa Ana, CA]
Selected By: Philadelphia Eagles
Pick (Overall): 1 (98)
Barkley was a high school All-American at well-known California program Mater Dei as a senior, following up a junior season where he was the nation's Gatorade High School Player of the Year. He finished his studies there a semester early in order to start his career with the Trojans. Having that spring experience helped him as a true freshman, as he took over the starting job after Aaron Corp suffered an injury (which eventually led Corp to transfer to Richmond) and has not relinquished it since.
He started 36 games over the past three years, losing just two to injury (2009 vs. Washington with a bruised shoulder, 2010 vs. Notre Dame with a high ankle sprain). He ended his career with school passing records for yardage and touchdowns -- no mean feat at a school where Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart once took snaps. Barkley improved his touchdown-to-interception ratio (15-14 in 2009, 26-12 in 2010, 39-7 in 2011), as well as his completion percentage (59.9 percent, 62.6 percent, 69.1 percent), in his first three seasons. His 2011 season included a school-record 468 yards passing over Arizona and two six-touchdown efforts against Colorado and UCLA, earning him USC's team MVP award. He also garnered second-team All-Pac-12 and third-team Associated Press All-American honors, as well as help him finish sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting and as a finalist for the Manning and Wuerffel Awards.
Despite all of those honors, Barkley decided to stay at USC for his senior season. A year that began with Heisman and National Championship expectations was marred by a drop in efficiency (63.6 percent, 36-15), losses, and injury.
Published: April 18, 2013 at 07:54 p.m.
Former USC QB Matt Barkley is known across the country for his on-field play, but it's his off-field accomplishments that he says he should be known for.
Published: March 27, 2013 at 09:56 a.m.
Former Heisman Trophy winner and IMG Academy coach Chris Weinke gives us a sneak peek at USC quarterback Matt Barkley's pro day schedule, as well as how the 2013 crop of rookie quarterbacks stack up.
Published: March 19, 2013 at 07:02 p.m.
USC quarterback Matt Barkley talks about his skill set as he prepares to take the next step in his football career.
Published: Feb. 24, 2013 at 10:41 a.m.
USC quarterback Matt Barkley shares his struggles of his last season at USC to his shoulder injury and his climb to get healthy again.
Published: Feb. 22, 2013 at 04:29 p.m.
Matt Barkley answers fans' questions from the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.