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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09/16/12 - 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.
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