Matt Barkley out of Sun Bowl with shoulder injury, Max Wittek to start
USC quarterback Matt Barkley’s college career is over. Coach Lane Kiffin announced that Max Wittek would start in the Sun Bowl instead of Barkley, who is out with a shoulder injury.
Barkley ends his career as a Trojan with 1,001 completions (64.1 percent), 12,327 passing yards and 122 total touchdowns. He was sixth in Heisman voting his junior year and is the Pac-12′s career leader in pass completions and passing yards.
Barkley suffered a right shoulder sprain in November against UCLA when he was sacked from behind by linebacker Anthony Barr. He had hoped to return for the team’s final game, but will remain on the sidelines on doctors orders.
Doctors haven’t cleared me to play, so I won’t be suiting up on Saturday. I’ll be here with my team to finish strong. Proud to be a Trojan!—
Matthew Barkley (@MattBarkley) December 27, 2012
The Trojans take on the Georgia Tech on New Year’s Eve in the Sun Bowl. Wittek, a redshirt freshman, has played in seven games and accumulated 281 passing yards and two touchdowns.