More bad news has hit USC faithful today, as reports say that senior quarterback Matt Barkley did not practice Saturday and remains highly questionable for their bowl game.
The Trojans face Georgia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 and may have to do it without their star quarterback once again.
It has been an up-and-down season for the USC senior, as he and the Trojans began the season red-hot before fizzling away during the middle of the season and disappearing at the end.
Barkley, a four-year starter, was the Heisman front-runner to begin the season as the Trojans were also many people’s pick to win the National Championship in January. Well, what a difference a couple months made, as Barkley wasn’t even a Heisman finalist and the Trojans finished a mediocre 7-5, including two rare home losses.
Barkley didn’t have quite the season he was expected to have after a dominant 2011 campaign where he threw for over 3,500 yards, 39 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Many people believed that if the Trojans were bowl-eligible in 2011, they would have been possibly playing in a BCS bowl and Barkley would be a Heisman winner.
He threw a career-high in interceptions this year with 15– one more than his mark from his freshman season.
While he is one of the better quarterbacks to come through USC, his college career might be over sooner than he would have liked.
USC’s last practice was held Saturday and he was there for support, but did not take part in any drills. He has been nursing a strained right shoulder for just over a month and even missed the team’s final game against Notre Dame.
Head coach Lane Kiffin said the senior will be re-evaluated once the team gets to El Paso, Texas, for their bowl matchup.
Barkley has been quoted on several occasions stating that he would like to end his collegiate career by leading the Trojans to victory in the Sun Bowl.
If he doesn’t play, one thing he will be looking forward to is April’s NFL Draft as he is projected as one of the top quarterbacks available.
Tough break for a good kid.