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Grounded in faith, Barkley leads the way for Mater Dei

The first junior to win Gatorade National High School Football Player of the Year, Matt Barkley is smooth, cerebral and grounded in faith, writes Christopher Lawlor.

Originally Published: April 1, 2008
By Christopher Lawlor | ESPN.com

GLENDALE, Calif. -- On an overcast Saturday morning in the San Gabriel Mountains, northeast of Los Angeles, Matt Barkley is putting on a clinic within a clinic.

When Barkley takes the ball, he's clearly in command. The spirals are tight, the footwork would make Fred Astaire proud, the decisions are concise and he delivers the ball with the precision of Swiss timing.

As Steve Clarkson barks out orders, fledgling quarterbacks throw wobbly passes, overthrow widely and mess up on their footwork. ...

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