Monday, October 22, 2012
Barkley named Pac-12 player of the week
By Pedro Moura
USC quarterback Matt Barkley was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week Monday following a record-setting performance at home against Colorado on Saturday.
Barkley completed 19 of his 20 pass attempts against the Buffaloes for 298 yards and six touchdowns, tying the single-game scoring throw record and breaking Matt Leinart's all-time career record with 102 career touchdown passes.
His 95 percent completion mark also broke the Pac-12 record set by former UCLA quarterback and coach Rick Neuheisel and came within a percent of the all-time mark, owned by current USC receivers coach Tee Martin.
Martin quarterbacked Tennessee to a 1998 national championship and set the record against South Carolina that season.
Barkley is the third USC Trojan to win Pac-12 player of the week honors this season. Marqise Lee and Randall Telfer each earned the special teams award earlier in the year.
Stanford linebacker Chase Thomas and Arizona receiver/returner Richard Morrison were the other player of the week honorees this time.