Monday, September 19, 2011
Barkley named Pac-12 player of the week
By Pedro Moura
Quarterback Matt Barkley was named the Pac-12 conference's offensive player of the week Monday after he posted a five-touchdown, no-interception performance in a 38-17 win over Syracuse on Saturday.
Barkley, a junior, completed 26-of-39 passes for 324 yards against the Orange, throwing touchdown passes to five different receivers. The five touchdowns tied a school record; it was the third time in his career Barkley had reached the mark, with the first two coming last season against Hawaii and California.
He shares the record with Carson Palmer, Mark Sanchez, Rodney Peete and Matt Leinart. Barkley has now thrown at least one TD in 23 of 27 career starts at USC, with at least two scoring passes 14 times and at least three seven times. He has passed for at least 200 yards 17 times in his career and for at least 300 yards six times.
Utah defensive end Trevor Reilly won defensive player of the week honors and Cal running back/kick returner Brendon Bigelow took home the special teams award. USC freshman linebacker Dion Bailey was nominated for the defensive award after he posted nine tackles and a sack against Syracuse.
Barkley is the second Trojan to win a Pac-12 award this year. Receiver Robert Woods was named the offensive player of the week after a season-opening 17-catch day.