2011 Heisman Trophy: Matt Barkley Finishes Sixth In Heisman Voting

Barkley threw 39 touchdown passes in 2011 to set a new USC school record.

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Heisman Trophy 2011: Matt Barkley Finishes Sixth Overall

On Saturday night, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner was announced. The award ultimately went to Robert Griffin III, quarterback of the Baylor Bears. Griffin had an outstanding season and ultimately wowed Heisman voters with his offensive numbers and thrilling plays. Closer to Southern California, however, was a quarterback who was not invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony, but received his fair share of votes.

When all the ballots had been tallied, Barkley finished with 153 points; good enough for sixth place overall. Although Barkley missed out on being one of the top five vote-getters and classifying as a finalist, he had a 2011 season to be proud of. Although his team was bowl ineligible, they never played like it. The quarterback kept his cool all season long as he led his team to a 10-2 record (7-2 in Pac-12 play). Along  the way, he set an all-time Pac-12 record by putting together 39 total touchdowns in a single season.

Barkley's153 points came in behind Griffin (1,687), Stanford's Andrew Luck (1,407), Alabama's Trent Richardson (978), Wisconsin's Montee Ball (348) and LSU's Tyrann Mathieu (327).

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Heisman Trophy 2011: Matt Barkley Congratulates Finalists, Talks NFL Draft

USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley didn't make the top five for the Heisman Trophy, and as a result didn't get invited to New York City this weekend, but the junior took it all in stride. As much as Barkley matured on the field this season - setting new school records with 39 touchdowns and a 69.1% completion rate, making himself a rising star in the 2012 NFL Draft - it looks like he matured off the field as well.

"Congratulations to all the Heisman finalists," Barkley told USCTrojans.com on Monday.  "They are all great players, and I wish them the best this Saturday and with the rest of their football careers.  I thought we gave it a good run this year to get an invitation to New York for the ceremony, but more importantly I am really excited that our team's accomplishments are being recognized and we have now moved up to fifth in the rankings."

Saying all the right things, focusing on the team, Barkley is handling everything like a pro. However, he has a decision to make soon whether or not he will handle things as a pro in 2012 literally or just figuratively. Barkley is still undecided on whether or not to enter the NFL draft, and Monday began the process of getting all the information before making a decision.

Barkley and his family on Monday met with head coach Lane Kiffin and athletic director Pat Haden to discuss his future. "We met this afternoon with Coach Kiffin and Pat Haden.  By no means did I come to any conclusions today.  It was just the start of us gathering the facts.  There is a long way to go in this process and no timetable.  When I make my decision, I will let everyone know," Barkley said.

The five finalists for the 2011 Heisman Trophy are Andrew Luck of the Stanford Cardinal, Robert Griffin III of the Baylor Bears, Trent Richardson of Alabama, Montee Ball of the Wisconsin Badgers, and the Tyrann Mathieu, the "Honey Badger," of the LSU Tigers.

USC fans can only hope Barkley decides to return to Los Angeles for one more season to see if he can make the trip to New York at this time next year.

To discuss Barkley and USC football, go to Conquest Chronicles.

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2011 Heisman Trophy Finalists: Matt Barkley Snubbed

Matt Barkley has had as good a season as any quarterback can have. His season was almost at the same level as Andrew Luck of the Stanford Cardinal. Like Luck, Barkley completed around 70% of his passes and had about eight yards per pass attempt.  He also threw for more yards per game than Luck, as Barkley had to shoulder the load for the USC offense while the Stanford signal-caller could rely on his run game for a more balanced attack.

However, Barkley lost his head-to-head matchup with Luck, and that might have made the difference in who got invited to New York. Luck was named one of the five Heisman finalists along with Montee Ball of the Wisconsin Badgers, Robert Griffin III of the Baylor Bears, Trent Richardson of the Alabama Crimson Tide, and Tyrann Mathieu of the LSU Tigers.

Barkley was probably hurt by the fact that USC was on probation and his team was never in contention for the national championship or the BCS. Perhaps if he returns next year, he'll have a chance at being one of the frontrunners.

To discuss Barkley and USC football, go to Conquest Chronicles.

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2011 Heisman Trophy Finalists Announced Monday On ESPN: Matt Barkley A Candidate

Matt Barkley had a tremendous junior season at quarterback for the USC Trojans. On Monday afternoon, he will find out if it was good enough to get invited to New York City as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. The award will be given on Saturday, December 10, but the finalists will be announced today at noon on SportsCenter on ESPN.

Quarterbacks Andrew Luck of the Stanford Cardinal and Robert Griffin III of the Baylor Bears are seen as the two favorites, and HeismanPundit.com has Griffin ahead of Luck in its final straw poll. Running backs Trent Richardson of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Montee Ball of the Rose Bowl-bound Wisconsin Badgers rounded out the top four in that straw poll. Barkley came in sixth.

Barkley threw for a USC school-record 39 touchdown passes in 2011, in just 12 games, while throwing only seven interceptions. The junior completed a school-record 69.1% of his pass attempts and threw for 3,528 yards. He set a single-game record with six touchdown passes in a game twice this season, against both the Colorado Buffaloes and UCLA Bruins, and over the season's final eight games Barkley threw 29 touchdowns against just four interceptions.

USC has won seven Heisman Trophy awards, beginning with Mike Garrett in 1965. Fellow running backs O.J. Simpson (1968), Charles White (1979), and Marcus Allen (1981) captured the award as well, as did quarterbacks Carson Palmer (2002) and Matt Leinart (2004). Running back Reggie Bush was the last Trojan to win the Heisman, in 2005, but gave back the award after NCAA violations surrounding Bush and his family led to a two-year bowl ban for USC.

For more news and information on Matt Barkley and USC football, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.

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