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USC's Matt Barkley to throw at NFL Scouting Combine

On the heels of Geno Smith choosing to throw at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, the rest of this year's quarterback class is beginning to fall in line.

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USC's Matt Barkley told Bill Vilona of the Pensacola News Journal he plans to participate in all of the drills at next week's gathering, telling the newspaper, "This is probably the biggest test of my life coming up."

Barkley continued: "This is like the SAT times thousands. I hear the whole couple days is a grind. But I am looking forward to that challenge. I am excited about it."

Barkley travels to Indianapolis hoping to repair his draft stock, which took a hit after his underwhelming senior season with the Trojans. He would have been a lock for the first round of the NFL Draft had he chosen to bolt for the league in 2012, but now he finds himself clumped in with an unremarkable group of passing prospects.

Another quarterback hoping to win over scouts, N.C. State's Mike Glennon, also plans to throw, per James Walker of And the agent for Ryan Nassib said the Syracuse signal-caller will do a full workout in Indy.

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Last year's white-hot gang of quarterbacks were less active at the combine. Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and Indianapolis Colts passer Andrew Luck were among a handful of participants who didn't throw, mainly because they had little to gain by doing so. Not the case this year.

None of these quarterbacks marches into the combine with certain futures. They're draped with questions and have plenty to prove to the 32 NFL teams in attendance.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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