USC quarterback Matt Barkley threw his seventh interception of spring practice on Thursday and, as Coach Lane Kiffin noted, it wasn't the end of the world. It wasn't the end of Barkley's Heisman Trophy chances, either.
Kiffin even joked when asked if he was alarmed over Barkley's wayward practice throws, including the pass picked off Thursday by safety Demetrius Wright.
"He can still declare for the supplemental draft, so I can't yell at him quite yet," Kiffin said after the session at Howard Jones Field.
The interceptions are just one sign that this spring hasn't been business as usual for Barkley, who announced in December that he would return for his final season with the Trojans.
Barkley isn't taking as many reps as he has in previous spring practices. Kiffin has said that's because he wants to give aspiring backups Cody Kessler and Max Wittek a chance to learn and compete, which is reasonable. But Kiffin, wisely, is also being cautious. No need for Barkley to get banged up ...