Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/26/13
Matt Barkley was named 2007 football Gatorade National Player of the Year as well as the inaugural Joe Montana Award as the nation's top high school quarterback. After graduating from high school, Barkley enrolled in the University of Southern California in January 2009 and became a four year starter for the school. The national attention on Barkley has been has been intense virtually all his football life, but he says that now that he is in the NFL, it’s the least pressure he’s had to face in his career. “I think right now is the least amount of pressure, to tell you the truth, the least amount of attention,” Barkley said, via Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I don’t mind it either way; you just get used to it. But now, with how the whole draft turned it, it allows me to not worry about anything but just put my head down and work, be focused.” "I think I kind of knew, when I chose USC, just the pressures that the quarterback had and the responsibilities that the quarterback had with that program in Los Angeles, with that platform," Barkley said. "I didn't really think anything of it. Maybe I was oblivious. But it just seemed natural to take that role." "Now, there's two quarterbacks who've been starters for this team; not just anywhere in the league, but for this team," Barkley said. "Then again, it is a new regime. It's a new coaching staff. . . . But I haven't really drawn comparisons."
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