Matt Barkley will sit out Sun Bowl, end his USC career in street clothes
Yes, it's officially curtains for Matt Barkley as a USC Trojan. He is a senior, and his eligibility is done at the end of the bowl game from which he has now been ruled out. Barkley has started in all four of his years at USC, and some consider him the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
He will not start the Sun Bowl, though, as Matt Barkley is ruled out of the Sun Bowl according to numerous media reports. "Doctors haven’t cleared me to play, so I won’t be suiting up on Saturday," Barkley tweeted, "I’ll be here with my team to finish strong. Proud to be a Trojan!"
Barkley injured his shoulder against UCLA in November. Max Wittek will start at QB for the Trojans (7-5) against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-7) in the Sun Bowl -- the only bowl game featuring a losing team.
You think that being the only losing bowl team, the Yellow Jackets don't get any respect? USC did not even show up for a scheduled dinner with them until the Georgia Tech had already left.
Young Matt Barkley started his first game as a freshman back in 2009, replacing Mark Sanchez for what would be Pete Carroll's last year at USC. Barkley managed the transition to Lane Kiffin -- but his career unfortunately overlapped with a two-year USC postseason ban.
Barkley had his moments. He won the only bowl game in which he's ever appeared, the Emerald Bowl as a freshman. He set the USC single-game passing record as a junior. He knocked off the undefeated national No. 1 Oregon Ducks in last season's biggest upset. This year, he's currently projected by some to go No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft.
This season has not been a banner year for USC. They were ranked preseason No. 1, but have lost five games and are now unranked. Barkley started the season as a Heisman frontrunner, but ultimately received no votes for the award.
This year's Sun Bowl features a losing team, and is recommended for compulsive bowl gluttons and problem gamblers only. Kickoff is 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT on Monday, December 31 at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, TX.