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Barkley: No change in arm strength

July, 27, 2012
7/27/12
7:50
PM PT
Most of media day tends to be a gigantic, drawn-out rehashing of a bunch of things attentive fans and reporters already know.

The questions asked of coaches on the podium are often strikingly similar to the questions asked of them three months earlier at the conclusion of spring practice, and the answers aren't much different. The questions asked to players typically aren't very specific or creative, and the answers are even less so.

USC quarterback Matt Barkley broke that tradition a little bit Tuesday at 2012 Pac-12 media day, dishing some useful information and thoughtful responses during a half-hour interview session with reporters over lunch.

The biggest takeaway from that talk: Barkley's take on reports of him displaying significantly improved arm strength this summer. He dismissed them quickly.

"I haven't noticed any difference in my arm strength," Barkley said outside the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City. "Maybe someone else did for the first time and took note of it, which is maybe a good thing."

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