Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 5/6/13
Matt Barkley took a risk his returning his senior year, if he had chosen to come out of USC as a junior he would have been in the Andrew Luck-Robert Griffin III conversation. The Philadelphia Eagles may have gotten the best draft day steal of any team. Barkley is a natural leader, while most players would have left after his school was hit by NCAA penalties; He stayed and led the program through some of its darkest days. Barkley also kept USC on the football map, but that didn’t translate to draftniks who only look at recent performance over the entire body of work. Chip Kelly has two capable quarterbacks, but couldn’t pass up grabbing Barkley in the third round. It’s no coincidence that Kelly was the coach of Oregon during Barkley’s tenure in the Pac-10, and that he saw  a quarterback of his stature had to be selected, so he moved up in the third round to grab him. As for Barkley, he’s not feeling sorry for himself, matter of fact he’s ready to challenge Michael Vick and Nick Foles, not in the future, right now. Barkley spoke to WIP in Philadelphia with Reuben Frank about coming into Philadelphia and pushing the veterans for the starter’s job. “It’ll be a full quarterback room, and I’m not shy or nervous or scared or anything about that. I think it just spurns competition. And the fact that you get to learn from a vet like Michael and compete against, I’ve known Nick Foles for a while now. … No matter what happens, I’m looking forward to coming in and just competing.” “It’ll be interesting to see what it is like. I’ve known what it’s like to be on the other side of the ball, watching that offense work when I’m on the sideline. It’s intimidating, as an opponent, when you see that offense just moving that ball up and down the field. … I’m looking forward to being a part of that.” On how one year made such a difference: “Yeah, I’ve definitely learned a lot through that whole process, just what people thought about my year. It was a tough year, but I think because of the expectations that we had on ourself, coming off the 2011 season, and on top of that, what the media and the country placed on us in regards to what they expected of us. We played tremendous football at times. … The injury, it was painful and took a while to get back up to speed, but it by no means will affect me in the future.”
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