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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09/09/12 - 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.
09/08/12 - It only took a 70-minute rain delay to yank No. 2 USC and Syracuse out of their offensive slumber Saturday. The teams showed little offense in the first half but finally provided the expected punch in a fast-paced second half in which the Orange could not match the Trojans, who comfortably won 42-29 before 39,507 as quarterback Matt Barkley threw six touchdown passes. The game took more than four hours because the second half was delayed for one hour and 10 minutes because of a storm and fears of lightning. Earlier in the day a tornado briefly touched down in nearby Queens and Brooklyn. There was heavy rain at MetLife Stadium but nothing too severe, and play eventually resumed with USC leading 14-3. Syracuse immediately appeared energized by the delay, scoring two touchdowns in the third quarter. Tailback Prince-Tyson Gulley's 7-yard run cut the Trojans' lead to 21-16 with 3:42 left. The touchdown was set up by safety Shamarko Thomas' interception of Barkley's poor pass over the middle. Syracuse previously scored on a 78-yard drive as quarterback Ryan Nassib threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marcus Sales with 5:51 left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 21-10. But USC wide receiver Robert Woods returned a punt to set up a touchdown and then ran 76 yards on a reverse to set up another that gave the Trojans a 35-16 advantage. - The Sports Xchange
09/07/12 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: USC at Syracuse, Sept. 8 -- This is the last tune-up for USC before it opens Pac-12 play at Stanford on Sept. 15. The Trojans handled the Orange with relative ease last season, winning 38-17 and putting up 501 yards of offense. There's no reason to think USC won't at least reach those offensive totals again this season. KEYS TO THE GAME: The Trojans need to play better in the secondary, and make more plays on the ball, against a hot quarterback like Syracuse's Ryan Nassib. USC took advantage last week of the inexperience of Hawaii QB Sean Schroeder, who threw two interceptions. But Nassib is a different story; he's in his third season as a starter and knows the speed of the USC defense. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Matt Barkley had a Heisman-worthy first week vs. Hawaii and now will be looking to duplicate last season's effort vs. Syracuse. He passed for five TDs against the Orange last season, including scoring throws of 31, 44 and 43 yards. - The Sports Xchange
09/07/12 - USC dropped from No. 1 in the AP poll to No. 2, falling behind Alabama, which clobbered Michigan in its season-opener. "I don't care about it," QB Matt Barkley said in the L.A. Daily News, talking about being knocked out of the top spot. "It really doesn't motivate me. I know (Alabama) is a great team." - The Sports Xchange
09/07/12 - QB Matt Barkley took a positive step in the Heisman race, completing 23 of 38 passes for 372 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He'll need to do something similar against the better teams on the schedule to win the stiff-armed trophy, but it was still an impressive start on the way to accumulating the needed stats. And having Marqise Lee turn an easy pass into a 75-yard score doesn't hurt, either. - The Sports Xchange
09/04/12 - Week One Rewind - Geno Smith steals the show: Cam Newton seemingly came out of nowhere to win the Heisman Trophy, lead his team to a BCS title and wind up as the No. 1 overall pick of the draft in 2011. Exactly one year ago today, it was Robert Griffin III whose sparkling performance in Baylor's upset over TCU, the defending Rose Bowl champs, led off my initial Weekly Review of the 2011 season. New year, same type of story: West Virginia's Geno Smith stole the spotlight over the weekend from this year's Heisman favorite and presumptive No. 1 overall pick, Southern Cal's Matt Barkley. Barkley and his top-ranked Trojans were predictably dominant over Hawaii Saturday, Smith was even better. Continuing the torrid pace he began by tossing six touchdowns in a 70-33 thrashing of Clemson January 4 in the Orange Bowl, Smith completed an eye-popping 32 of 36 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns Saturday in the Mountaineers' opener against Marshall. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/02/12 - QB Matt Barkley took a positive step in the Heisman race, completing 23 of 38 passes for 372 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He'll need to do something similar against the better teams on the schedule to win the stiff-armed trophy, but it was still an impressive start on the way to accumulating the needed stats. And having Marqise Lee turn an easy pass into a 75-yard score doesn't hurt, either.
09/01/12 - USC quarterback Matt Barkley is considered a Heisman Trophy front-runner, but wide receiver Marqise Lee might have overtaken his teammate in the race Saturday with an electrifying performance on offense and special teams. Lee returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and caught 10 passes for 197 yards as the Trojans breezed to an easy 49-10 victory over Hawaii before an announced crowd of 93,607 at the Coliseum. Lee caught a short pass on the first play of the game and ran 75 yards down the sideline to set the tone for the season opener for both teams. He and Barkley led the blowout with marquee performances that only enhanced their images as two of the top players in the country. Barkley passed for 377 yards, completing 23 of 38 passes with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Lee caught eight passes for 176 yards in the first half alone. It was a stark contrast to last year's opener, when USC squeaked past Minnesota 19-17 at the Coliseum. The Trojans spoiled the debut of new Hawaii coach Norm Chow, who is probably best known for being a USC assistant when the school won two national titles under former coach Pete Carroll. About the only thing USC couldn't do was convert two-point plays as the Trojans were 0 for 3 in the first half after kicker Andre Heidari was injured. - The Sports Xchange
08/30/12 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 2. Matt Barkley, QB, Southern California: Barkley's lack of ideal size (6-1, 218) and arm strength means that he's no shoo-in as the No. 1 overall prospect for the 2013 draft. His accuracy, mobility and experience in a pro-style offense would have earned Barkley a top-five selection had he entered the 2012 draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/28/12 - MOST IMPORTANT USC PLAYER: QB Matt Barkley - Was there any doubt? He is coming off a season in which he completed 308 of 446 passes for 3,528 yards, with 39 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He has improved his arm strength and his mobility through his college career, and probably would have been a top five pick in the NFL Draft if he had come out after his junior season. Not only is he the team leader, and the linchpin to a national championship run, it's not as if the Trojans have a ready-made backup, as he backed by redshirt freshmen Cody Kessler and Max Wittek. - The Sports Xchange