Quarterback Matt Barkley picked up his fourth watch-list honor of the preseason Monday when he was named to the Manning Award watch list, a trophy given out to the top signal-caller in the country after bowl games conclude in January.
Barkley, a junior, was also named to the Davey O'Brien, Walter Camp and Maxwell award lists last month. He's one of eight Trojans who have received at least one watch-list honor this preseason.
As a sophomore in 2010, Barkley threw for nearly 2,800 yards, 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, starting all but one of USC's 13 games. As a first-year freshman in 2009, he completed 60 percent of his passes for 15 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and 2,735 yards.
He stands as a potential top-ten overall pick in next April's NFL draft, assuming he decides to leave school after his junior season and apply for early-entry into the draft. But doing so would prevent him from playing in another bowl game or conference championship during his college career, as the Trojans are ineligible for postseason play this year due to NCAA sanctions.
Other Pac-12 conference nominees for the Manning Award include Oregon's Darron Thomas, Arizona's Nick Foles, Stanford's Andrew Luck and Utah's Jordan Wynn.
Auburn's Cam Newton won the honor in 2010 before departing for the NFL.