Posted August 15, 2012 on AP on Fox
PLAYERS: Matt Barkley
TEAMS: USC Trojans
Matt Barkley's surprising return has made Southern California one of the front-runners to win the national championship. The Trojans figured to be one of the nation's top teams this season, their first after a two-year postseason ban. Barkley makes them a legitimate contender to win the final BCS championship before college football's playoff system kicks in. Once a highly touted freshman who sometimes made questionable decisions, Barkley transformed into one of the country's best quarterbacks. Despite being projected as a high NFL draft pick, he opted to return for his senior season for a chance at a championship. With Barkley calling the shots and talented players across the roster, the Trojans could make a run at it.

Matt Barkley on cover of Sports Illustrated.

USC quarterback Matt Barkley is on the cover of Sports Illustrated's college football preview issue. Pretty stoked about this right here… I’ve dreamt about reppin USC on this cover for a while now… #FightOn #USC… — Matthew Barkley (@MattBarkley) August 15, 2012 In other news, Matt Barkley is doomed. (via Conquest Chronicles)

USC's George Farmer finally back to 100

LOS ANGELES -- As the grind of training camp continues on, new USC wide receivers coach Tee Martin has tried to liven things up a bit for his position group. Martin and his wide receivers have become known to challenge each other in various drills at the conclusion of practice. After a recent practice, Martin said he was going to throw the ball some 50 yards downfield and challenged...

De'Von Flournoy eyes USC's 3rd WR spot

LOS ANGELES -- USC head coach Lane Kiffin will remind anyone who will listen that his wide receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee are the exception. Most players don't immediately come in and make an impact as true freshmen. For most, it takes time. Fitting that mold is wide receiver De'Von Flournoy. Appearing in 10 games as a Trojan, the redshirt junior has yet to make...

Trojans' DE Wilson out for the season

LOS ANGELES --- USC freshman defensive end DeVante Wilson will miss the entire 2012 season after tearing his ACL during practice on Tuesday, head coach Lane Kiffin announced. The news comes on a day in which defensive ends Wes Horton and J.R. Tavai didn't practice with an undisclosed injuries, Greg Townsend continued to walk around with a boot on his right foot, and Devon Kennard...

USC Trojans battle injuries in fall camp

All three starting linebackers have missed multiple practices due to injury, but linebacker is just one of several positions where the USC Trojans have concerns about depth. The 2012 football season hasn’t even started and the USC Trojans have already had their share of injuries. USC isn’t providing injury reports during preseason camp, but numerous players have missed practice...

Kiffin Removes His Vote from the Coaches Poll

Kiffin Removes His Vote from the Coaches PollOn Monday, Lane Kiffin announced that he will no longer vote in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. This news come a few days after the people who run the poll disclosed that Kiffin had lied to the public with respect to his vote.  Kiffin had told media outlets that he didn’t vote to make the Trojans number one in the poll.  In an unprecedented...

Kiffin Loses Vote in Completely Absurd Coaches Poll

USC finished third in the first USA Today coaches poll last month, and Rich Rodriguez, the shiny new coach at Pac 12 rival Arizona, had no problem admitting that he voted the Trojans #1. USC coach Lane Kiffin responded, "I would not vote USC #1, I can tell you that." How classy. Except for the fact that Kiffin, umm, did. We know because USA Today then took the...

Robey Leading the Way

USC junior cornerback Nickell Robey was limited in drills during day 8 of fall camp. He was back to full action on day 9, however he was sporting a yellow no-contact jersey. Robey took some time to talk about his status, being a leader, who is standing out at camp, as well as a little fun the upperclassmen have with the freshmen.

Preseason Heisman Watch: Barkley No. 1, but a Surprise at No. 2

Could Marcus Lattimore win the Heisman Trophy in 2012? All season long, the Heisman Watch will bring you the latest news on the race for college football’s premiere award. Below, Daniel Evans handicaps the race from a preseason standpoint. Since my last update, there have been a lot of shakeups at the top.  Here’s the breakdown: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins is suspended for the...

VIDEO: Lane Kiffin, Day 11

USC head coach Lane Kiffin addresses the media following day 11 of the Trojans' fall camp.

Hawaii Warriors 2012: Game-by-Game Predictions

Predictions are always dicey, especially when a new coach with a brand new system takes over a program. Norm Chow has done that this year in Hawaii and there is both considerable buzz and excitement about the upcoming season. But considering the tough slate the Warriors have ahead of them, is it warranted? Lets take a look at each game. Sept. 1: Hawaii at USC Going to the Coliseum...

NCAA Football 2012: Top 50 Quarterbacks

TOP 50 QUARTERBACKS ENTERING THE 2012 SEASON: The Top 10: 1. Matt Barkley, Sr. USC Barkley has a chance to match Cam Newton's magical 2010 season by winning the Heisman, national championship, and being the top pick in the NFL Draft. 2. Landry Jones, Sr. Oklahoma Jones, Oklahoma's all-time leading passer, will try to cement his Sooners legacy by bringing home a Heisman...

Fall Camp Day Ten: Notes & Quick Hits

The Trojans continued fall camp today on Dedeaux Field, holding practices 11 and 12. USC head coach Lane Kiffin delivered season-ending news following practice.
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