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Quarterbacks run deep: The Rising stock of Barkley

posted Jan 7, 2012, 2:44 AM by Golden Knight   [ updated Jan 16, 2012, 10:16 PM ]
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By Tyler Marona


Matt Barkley has impressed every NFL scout while at the same time has broken USC’s Quarterback records. Barkley has been the spark plug of the nation’s leading receiver, sophomore Robert Woods. Woods and Barkley alone have connected 111 times for 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns. Most critics would say that since the emergence of freshman wide receiver Marquis Lee, Robert Woods took the backseat. Marquis Lee, who added 73 receptions 1,150 yards and 11 touchdowns, was at that time dubbed USC’s fastest receiver. USC has had no lack of speed, and often turns games into track meets. Barkley used his football IQ to power past the nation’s elite teams.

What impresses the NFL scouts the most is Barkley’s sense of the field and his innate ability to change the play without even taking a look to the sideline. In fact, one need not look further than the result of the game than to realize his skillful abilities. However, as is with almost every sport, the contender always has a nemesis; in this case, Barkley’s is Stanford’s very own Andrew Luck. Luck is projected as the Number 1 pick in this year’s NFL Draft and arguably the smartest player in the nation. When USC and Stanford matched up this year on October 29, 2011, Luck brought home the win without a shortage of excitement and overtime sensations. Eventually falling in a 48-56 offensive showcase, Barkley was worn out and his brain took flight.

In other news, Baylor’s Robert Griffin III took the Heisman hardware home this year, leaving Barkley without an invite and a trophy during this off-season. The question now is, does this give him more motivation to return to his roots? The Quarterback starving league of the NFL is screaming for Barkley to come out this year and make an immediate impact.

Barkley’s ability could propel him to a first round pick and a lump of money alongside. His accuracy alone could make him one of the most desirable Quarterbacks in the entire league. With half of the league under .500 and a third of the league desperately needing another option at Quarterback, Barkley’s name stands resolute. Two teams stand out as possible destinations: Washington D.C. and Seattle. Both teams need consistency and accuracy to complement their aging receiver.

The crowd is split down the middle: half are saying that he will cut ties and become a successful Quarterback while others are screaming one more year to the All-American Quarterback. His future remains to be seen; yet, the present dictates that USC is one of the top dogs of the PAC-12 again. South Champions UCLA has had their fair share of trouble against Barkley and would love to see him go, only more motivation for the opposing team. Exiting what could have been his last game, Barkley gave a hurrah to the adoring crowd (while wearing the “real PAC-12 Champions” T-shirt) as he raised the sword of troy and a V for victory. Regardless of where Barkley chooses to go, it is indubitable that his success will follow.