Monday, November 7, 2011
Barkley named Pac-12 player of the week
By Pedro Moura
USC quarterback Matt Barkley was named the Pac-12 Conference offensive player of the week Monday after his record-breaking six-touchdown performance against Colorado on Friday.
In the Trojans' 42-17 win over the Buffaloes, Barkley completed 25-of-39 passes for 318 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. The touchdowns set a new school record, breaking the long-time mark of five set by Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Mark Sanchez, among others.
It's Barkley's third such honor this season. He was also named the offensive player of the week after USC's Week 3 win over Syracuse and its Week 5 win over Arizona. He threw for five touchdowns against the Orange and set a school record for passing yards in a single game against the Wildcats.
Other players nominated for the offensive award included Arizona State's Cameron Marshall, UCLA's Derrick Coleman and Stanford's Griff Whalen.
Oregon rover Eddie Pleasant won the defensive award; USC punter Kyle Negrete was nominated for the special teams award, which was won by Utah punter Sean Sellwood.