Matt Barkley grows into his position

USC QB is quickly becoming the leader everyone expected on and off the field

Updated: October 1, 2010, 3:49 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Shortly after USC's final game, right after he hands in his last final exam, Matt Barkley has plans for unwinding from the rigors of a stressful football season and semester. He's going to sit on an airplane for about 24 hours, travel to a remote area of West Africa, roll up his sleeves and dig until he strikes water.

He'll spend his Christmas break putting in a well and running sports camps for hundreds of orphans around Jos, Nigeria. It's a remote place where hundreds of ...

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