Wisely refusing to throw at this week’s NFL Combine, sullied Trojan Matt Barkley will prove brilliant if he thrives passing at Pro Day in March


Matt Barkley didn’t have much to cheer about in Troy in 2012.

Due to the Grade 3 AC joint separation the sullied Trojan suffered against UCLA in November, former USC quarterback Matt Barkley has wisely decided against throwing at this week’s NFL Combine.

The 6-foot-2, 230 pound Barkley, who was once projected to be the first overall pick in April’s draft, was forced to miss the Trojans 21-7 loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl on New Year’s Eve in El Paso, Texas.

Barkley, who 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, is confident his bummed throwing wing will be entirely healed by Pro Day on March 27.

“I’ll have a bigger and a stronger arm than anyone can imagine,” said Barkley, 22, who many wrongly predicted would guide USC (7-6) to its 12th national championship and become the school’s seventh Heisman Memorial Trophy winner last autumn.

Unfortunately for Trojans supporters and Barkley, USC was an unmitigated disaster on the gridiron throughout the golden boy’s final collegiate campaign.

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.

Presently, it seems evident the devout Christian, who starred at nearby Mater Dei High School of Santa Ana, banged the pooch by returning to one of La-La Land’s rougher ghettos to fulfill his four-year commitment to USC.

However, should Matt Barkley shine this spring at Pro Day and dramatically bolster his NFL stock, things could work out better “than anyone can imagine.”

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