USC Trojans QB Matt Barkley Ruled Out of Hyundai Sun Bowl

By Connor Muldowney
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Barkley‘s career with the USC Trojans has been overall very successful. However, he will be ending his career on a sour note, as he has been ruled out because of a shoulder injury that has sidelined him for over a month.

Head coach Lane Kiffin announced Thursday that the senior quarterback will not partake in the school’s Hundai Sun Bowl matchup against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Dec. 31 in El Paso, Texas.

Kiffin had said last week that Barkley was highly questionable in the bowl game because he was nursing a sprained shoulder that had set him out for five weeks. Barkley later tweeted that he was not medically cleared to play, thus ending his four-year starting career at USC.

Barkey tweeted early on Thursday:

“Doctors haven’t cleared me to play, so I won’t be suiting up on Saturday. I’ll be here with my team to finish strong. Proud to be a Trojan!”

The quarterback has been a model athlete for college football players and has started since his freshman season in 2009, but will have to cheer his teammate and fellow quarterback Max Wittek on as he will lead the Trojans against the Yellow Jackets.

Barkley’s senior year did not go as planned as he was a preseason Heisman-favorite, but due to a stretch of inconsistent play, he and the Trojans endured a mediocre 2012 season.

The Trojans finished 7-5 after being considered national title favorites to begin the season. Barkley’s season epitomized the type of season his team had as he threw a career-high in interceptions with 15, topping his previous-high of 14 in his freshman season.

The senior has not yet decided if he will play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 26 which could decide his NFL Draft stock. Tough end to a tough season for the Trojan quarterback.

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