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Monday, October 3, 2011
Barkley named Pac-12 player of the week

By Pedro Moura

USC quarterback Matt Barkley was named the Pac-12 conference's offensive player of the week Monday after he broke the school's all-time record for passing yards in a win over Arizona on Saturday.

It's Barkley's second such honor of the 2011 season. He was also named the offensive player of the week following a 324-yard, five-touchdown performance against Syracuse in Week 3.

On Saturday, Barkley threw for 468 yards on 32-of-39 passing, including four touchdowns and one interception. He broke Carson Palmer's record of 448 yards that was set in his Heisman Trophy-winning season of 2002.

By halftime of the Arizona game, Barkley had already surpassed 300 yards on the day and had thrown for three touchdowns. He went on to break the yardage record early in the fourth on a 25-yard pass to Brice Butler that led to a USC touchdown.

Washington State linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis won conference defensive player of the week honors for a 12-tackle, two-sack performance against Colorado and Arizona State returner Jamal Miles took home the special teams honor after he had a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown against Oregon State.

USC's T.J. McDonald and Andre Heidari were also nominated for the defensive and special teams awards, respectively. In a separate announcement, McDonald was awarded the Lott Impact Trophy, a national honor for the top defensive player each week.

USC's general scholarship fund will receive a $1,000 donation in McDonald's name from the Pacific Club Impact Foundation.