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Matt Barkley named to Good Works Team

10/13/2011
Matt Barkley earned 2007-08 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year honors as a Mater Dei High junior. file photo/ESPNHS

University of Southern California junior quarterback Matt Barkley -- who earned 2007-08 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year honors -- has been named one of 22 members of the 20th annual American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team.

Like the Gatorade Player of the Year program at the high school level, the AFCA Good Works Team recognizes college football student-athletes committed to making an impact off the field through service to their communities. Here's Barkley's bio:

"A junior quarterback and top Pro prospect, Matt Barkley traveled to Nigeria with his family in December of 2010 to visit with and provide assistance to villagers living in extreme poverty. During his service trip, Barkley participated in construction projects to improve water systems, provided sports equipment for the youth and handed out 1,200 pounds of much-needed supplies. The Newport Beach, Calif., native passed for 2,791 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2010 and was named a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award for the second consecutive year."

On the field, Barkley has completed 80-of-116 attempts for the Trojans this season for 892 yards and nine touchdowns against just one interception. In his three-year career, he has thrown for 6,418 yards and 50 touchdowns while completing 527-of-845 passes.

Barkley became the first-ever non-senior to be awarded the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year as the Mater Dei High (Santa Ana, Calif.) quarterback in 2007-08. He completed 214-of-340 attempts for 3,576 yards and 35 touchdowns as a junior.

Even as a prep athlete, Barkley donated a ton of time in his community. He spearheaded the Mater Dei football program's Monarchs for Marines initiative, lending tangible support and morale-boosting contributions to the Marines and Sailors of Camp Pendleton. As part of the effort, Barkley helped raise more than $100,000 for a charity benefiting the families of wounded and fallen Marines.

You can vote for the AFCA Good Works Team captain on the ESPN.com ballot here.