Matt Barkley is the greatest USC Trojan ever. He might not hold all the accolades of past Trojan greats, like Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. But there is no one else that bleeds cardinal and gold. Ever since he was little he dreamed of being the starting quarterback for the USC Trojans.
When he finally got to live the dream not was picture perfect in SoCal. Pete Carroll had left USC in a state of disarray for the NFL. NCAA sanctions had just been placed on the football program, with a reduction in scholarships and a two-year bowl ban.
No one would have been mad at him if Barkley had decided this situation is too tough to get any of the goals he wished of accomplishing. But instead he stuck in there and personified everything it means to be a USC Trojan.
Performing at an unbelievable level through those tumultuous seasons Matt Barkley had finally put himself in position to play in the NFL. He was projected to be in the top ten of this year’s draft. However, Barkley not being like everyone else he felt as though this was an opportunity to accomplish all the things those past two years of USC Trojans deserved. So on December 22, 2011 USC quarterback, Matt Barkley, decided to forgo the NFL and play one more year at his beloved university.
And that is why Matt Barkley is the greatest USC Trojan. He took on the tough job of bridging the gap from the catastrophic end to the Carroll Era to an even brighter, hopeful future.