Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Eagles' picks: 4/98 - Matt Barkley, QB, 6-3, 227, USC...The Eagles feel they got a top-50 talent with the 98th pick. Barkley's selection proves mobility isn't a required skill in Kelly's offense. He ran a 4.9 in pre-draft workouts, but threw 12 touchdown passes in four games against Kelly's Oregon Ducks. QUOTES TO NOTE: "I'm going to steal a quote from Sam Rutligliano. He used to say, 'With a quarterback, it's like a tea bag. You don't know what you have until you put it in hot water.' The first time I saw Matt Barkley, he was a true freshman and he came into (Oregon's) Autzen Stadium, which is one of the toughest places to play in the world, and it didn't phase him a bit. Matt was never a freshman. There was just a poise about him. There was a calm about him." - Coach Chip Kelly on fourth-round pick Matt Barkley. - The Sports Xchange
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09/22/12 - It was not exactly a dominating way to bounce back from a loss, but No. 13 USC did enough to earn a victory Saturday, and that ultimately was enough for a team reeling after last week's loss to Stanford. USC defeated California 27-9 before 83,421 at the Coliseum, but no one will confuse the Trojans' offense for the explosive group that was expected to dominate games this season. Quarterback Matt Barkley threw two more interceptions as the Trojans relied on the rushing game to win. Silas Redd and Curtis McNeal each went over 100 yards as the Trojans ran for 296. Perhaps the best news for USC was the return of kicker Andre Heidari, back after tearing his meniscus in the season opener against Hawaii. Heidari made a 41-yard field goal to give the Trojans a 20-9 advantage with 14:10 left. He also made a 40-yard field goal in the first half. Cal dominated the early part of the second half and, trailing 17-9, looked ready to tie the game as the Bears drove to the USC 14-yard line. But Zach Maynard scrambled and threw a pass directly at USC safety T.J. McDonald. Maynard threw two interceptions in the game. - AP Sports
09/17/12 - 09/17/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: 1. Matt Barkley, QB, Southern California: Just like former Pac-12 quarterback Andrew Luck last year, Matt Barkley entered the 2012 season as the projected No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. And through two games (10 touchdowns, 0 interceptions), it was a smooth ride. His path to the NFL hit a large bump on Saturday night as Barkley and Southern Cal were upset by Stanford. It wasn't the loss so much as Barkley's performance in the game. He threw a pair of interceptions and finished 20-for-41 (48.8 percent), the first time he finished under 50 percent passing in a game since his freshman season in 2009. Barkley also snapped a 15-game streak with at least one touchdown toss and to say he was dejected after the loss would be an understatement. The upset not only ends a perfect season and puts his Heisman Trophy chances on life support, but the loss also puts some doubts in the minds of pro scouts as to his ability to perform in the clutch. To be fair, not all the blame can be put on Barkley as the offensive line struggled to handle Stanford's multiple pressures and the run game finished with just 26 rushing yards. But the fourth-year starting captain couldn't come up with the big play when his team needed it most as USC scored all 14 of their points in the first half. While everyone has bad days and most agree that his performance was uncharacteristic, losses like that create doubt in the minds of NFL teams and won't help his chances (which are still very, very good) of being one of the top picks next April. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/17/12 - USC Trojans coach Lane Kiffin was puzzled by two "really poor decisions" made by Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley in the second quarter of USC's 21-14 road loss to Stanford on Saturday. And Kiffin went as far to call them some of the worst decisions he's ever seen Barkley make. On a third down with less than two minutes to play in the first half of Saturday's game, Barkley threw into traffic and was intercepted by the Cardinal's Jordan Richards. Then, after USC linebacker Dion Bailey picked off the ensuing throw from Stanford's Josh Nunes, Barkley forced a throw downfield and had his second straight pass intercepted. "(That was) really unusual by Matt," Kiffin said in his Sunday evening conference call with reporters. "Probably two of his worst decisions in our three years together on back-to-back plays." At the time, USC led 14-7. The Trojans didn't score again the rest of the game. Kiffin noted that Barkley had thrown just one interception in nine quarters of football until that point. He also said Barkley took a lot of shots from Stanford defenders throughout the game and indicated he was the victim of poor offensive line play. "He's pretty beat up, mentally and physically," Kiffin said of Barkley, who appeared on the verge of tears in a brief postgame press conference following the loss. - Pedro Moura, ESPN Los Angeles
09/16/12 - David Shaw tried to hold back his emotions on the sideline. The second-year Stanford coach watched his players bounce on both sides of him, then fans swarm the field from all angles, and he finally couldn't resist flashing a giant I-told-you-so smile anymore. No Jim Harbaugh and no Andrew Luck, but the Cardinal still have every answer for Matt Barkley and Southern California. Josh Nunes threw a go-ahead 37-yard touchdown to Zach Ertz, Stepfan Taylor ran for 153 yards and scored two touchdowns, and No. 21 Stanford upset second-ranked USC 21-14 on Saturday night for its fourth straight win in this series. "We don't want to be that team known for one victory," Shaw said. "We want to be known for victory after victory, stacking wins on top of wins." Make it four-of-a-kind against that long-time powerhouse from down south. Heisman Trophy hopeful Matt Barkley threw for 254 yards and two interceptions while completing only 20 of 41 passes. He was sacked twice on the final drive for the Trojans (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12) and threw out of bounds on a final, desperate heave on fourth-and-39 from USC's 25-yard line. Coming out of a two-year bowl ban, USC had national title hopes this season. Now the Trojans, who were held scoreless for the final 41:19, will have to climb out of another hole to get there. "You learn and go back to playing Trojan football," said a disappointed Barkley, who has beaten every conference teams but is 0-4 against Stanford. "We got to just not put the blame on anybody, learn from our mistakes and make sure we bounce back." - AP Sports
09/16/12 - Matt Barkley surprised many with the decision to turn down a potential top five selection in the 2012 NFL draft to return to USC for his senior season. Many of the goals he'd set for himself and his Trojans are now in doubt after a stunning 21-14 loss to Stanford Saturday night. For USC, which entered the contest ranked No. 2 in the country, the loss significantly damages their chances at winning the Pac-12 and securing one of the BCS bowl invitations. And while there is certainly time for USC to get back into national title contention, don't think Saturday night's loss was simply due a sloppy play or five from the Trojans; USC was physically controlled at the line of scrimmage. Stanford ran for 202 yards in this contest. USC ran for just 26. For Barkley, who entered the game widely regarded as the Heisman favorite and the potential No. 1 overall pick of next April's draft, the loss could be just as damaging to his own stock. For the first time in 18 games Barkley did not throw a touchdown (Oregon State, 2010). He completed just 20 of 41 passes for 254 yards and threw interceptions on back to back throws in the second quarter. He also lost a fumble getting sacked earlier in the game. Consider that other than a failed fourth down pass attempt to freshman fullback Soma Vainuku halfway through the third quarter, USC never seriously threatened to score after halftime. The loss also makes Barkley 0-4 against Stanford for his career, a significant concern for NFL scouts because of the fact that the Cardinal are one of the few Pac-12 teams to play a lot of physical press coverage -- precisely the type of coverage Barkley (and his receivers) will be expected to be able to beat in the NFL. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/16/12 - For all of his success, Barkley remains a hotly debated prospect with NFL scouts. Listed at 6-2, 230 pounds, he's shorter than scouts would prefer and has only average arm strength. He's been able to get away with less than ideal physical characteristics because he's played with terrific poise and anticipation throughout his career. Against Stanford Saturday night, however, Barkley was uncharacteristically rattled. Breakdowns in pass protection left him scrambling for time and the rhythm he normally enjoys with his playmaking star wideouts Robert Woods and Marqise Lee was largely non-existent in this game due to Stanford's physical play in the secondary. Because he doesn't have an elite arm or the running skills to scare defenses with his legs, Barkley appeared frightfully pedestrian, at times, when the "little things" that he's normally so good at were minimized. Barkley clearly missed his center Khaled Holmes, who was knocked out of the Trojans' last game against Syracuse with a lower leg injury and though he dressed and reportedly warmed up for this game, he never left the sideline. Stanford also took advantage of the inexperience of sophomore left tackle Aundrey Walker, who was starting his first conference game since taking over for Matt Kalil, the No. 4 overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings. But Barkley suddenly throwing interceptions for the Trojans isn't something new. While he only threw seven interceptions against 39 touchdowns a season ago, Barkley struggled with picks during spring practices. At one point in late March, he'd thrown interceptions in seven of the team's eight spring practices. Barkley did not thrown an interception in USC's season-opening thrashing of Hawaii but was picked off last week against the Orangemen. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/16/12 - To Barkley's credit, the accuracy he'd shown throughout his spectacular career with the Trojans seemed to return on USC's final drive. While slightly behind on his first pass to Lee, Barkley returned with a couple of very nice throws, including one down the seam to freshman Nelson Agholor (which was dropped) and a very accurate ball down the left sideline to Lee on 4th down to extend the drive.Two plays later Barkley hit Agholor for 20 yards and USC appeared to be in business at the Stanford 46 yard-line with about a minute left and one timeout. A pair of sacks and two penalties on the offensive linemen attempting to protect Barkley ended USC's final chance in this game quite emphatically, however. While USC began what turned out to be their final offensive series in this game first and 10 at the Stanford 46, they finished it with wounded duck lofted deep and out of bounds down the right sideline facing 4th and 40 from their own 24. For now, scouts will take this game for what it is -- one disappointing game in what has been a record-setting career for Barkley. But make no mistake about it, after tonight Barkley's perch atop the 2013 leaderboard is shakier than its ever been. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/15/12 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: USC at Stanford, Sept. 15 -- The Trojans have lost three in a row to Stanford in what has been a heated, thrilling series in recent years, eclipsing typical USC rivals UCLA and Notre Dame. It would be hard to think that QB Matt Barkley could go his entire college career without beating the Cardinal, but that is what would happen if USC lost Saturday. And his Heisman hopes -- and USC's dream of a national championship -- would be sliced to a sliver as well. KEYS TO THE GAME: Score early. USC will be well on its way if it can take Stanford out of its comfort zone, which is to control the game with its power running attack. A couple of early scores from the fabulous Trojans offense will shift more pressure to new Cardinal QB Jose Nunes. Can he be a gunslinger? His main task has been to be a caretaker and not mess things up. He has thrown for 400 yards and one interception in 56 attempts so far. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Matt Barkley -- He's 0-3 against Stanford, and this is his last chance. How has he done statistically vs. the Cardinal? Here are the numbers: 77-of-121 for 870 yards, with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Not bad. - The Sports Xchange
09/10/12 - The Pac-12 had one of its best weekends in years, led by a Los Angeles-based duo that put themselves in the national lead in rushing yards and passing touchdowns. UCLA senior Johnathan Franklin ran for 217 yards on 26 carries as the upstart Bruins stunned Nebraska 36-30 at the Rose Bowl. Franklin now has 431 yards rushing while averaging a gaudy 10.5 yards per carry through two games. Southern California's Matt Barkley continued his push for the Heisman Trophy some 3,000 miles away. Barkley threw six TDs passes in stormy New Jersey as the Trojans held off Syracuse 42-29. Barkley has 10 touchdown passes, three more than Akron's Dalton Williams and four more than anyone else. - AP Sports
09/09/12 - QB Matt Barkley tied his school record with six touchdown passes at Syracuse, although his yardage total was kept modest by an Orange defense determined to force him to throw underneath.
Barkley, content to use the screen game, completed 23-of-30 passes for 187 yards. He threw 11 touchdown passes against Syracuse in the past two seasons.