Belittling the haggard Trojan prior to April’s Draft, one AFC scouting director nonsensically told the NFL Network’s Albert Breer that USC quarterback Matt Barkley is physically comparable to the Detroit Lions’ Kellen Moore.
The 6-foot-2, 230 pound Barkley, who was once projected as the first overall pick, tossed 116 touchdowns, in comparison to a measly 48 interceptions, for 12,327 yards since debuting in “The City of Angels” as a freshman in 2009.
Unfortunately for Trojans supporters and the 22-year-old Barkley, who many predicted would guide USC (7-6) to its 12th national championship and become the school’s seventh Heisman Memorial Trophy winner, the team was an unmitigated disaster on the gridiron this past autumn.
To further worsen matters, Barkley’s sprained AC joint prevented the sullied golden boy from competing in the Trojans’ 21-7 loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl on New Year’s Eve in El Paso, Texas.
The strong, accurate, mature and poised Barkley, playing behind a veteran offensive line with countless explosive weapons at his disposal, threw a relatively pedestrian 26 scores, in contrast to an alarming 15 picks, for 3,273 yards in 2012.
Comparatively, the 6-foot, 197 pound Moore, who as a collegiate star at Boise State University amassed 142 touchdowns, against 28 interceptions, and 14,667 yards passing, went 50-3 as the Broncos’ starter.
Moore, a two-time All-American and 2010 Heisman Trophy finalist, is the winningest quarterback in the annals of Division I-A college football.
Unjustly, Moore was overlooked by scouts strictly because he resembles a somewhat hipper version of Napoleon Dynamite.
The skilled, yet unwanted, southpaw wasn’t chosen in the 2012 draft and signed a free agent contract with the Lions last spring.
Moore is incredibly accurate, immune to turnovers, and the very personification of a winner.
Regardless, considering Moore’s relatively diminutive frame and suspect arm strength, the former Bronco has absolutely nothing in common with Barkley.
Whether or not Matt Barkley flourishes as a player in the NFL, the standout Trojan is undoubtedly blessed with every characteristic that any competent professional observer could want.
It’s readily evident that “one AFC scouting director” is a certified clown’s pocket lacking the ability to sense potential or talent.