Apr 14, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley (7) throws a pass in the 2012 spring game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

2012 Heisman Trophy: Matt Barkley Favored For College Football's Top Honor

Barkley set a Pac-12 record in 2011 with 39 touchdown passes, and a USC record with a 69.1% completion percentage.

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USC's Barkley, Lee named to Walter Camp watch list

USC Trojans Matt Barkley and Marqise Lee are two of the 15 members named to the Walter Camp Award watch list.

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Marqise Lee second in Heisman straw poll

USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee is currently ranked second in the Heisman Trophy poll, trailing only Collin Klein of the Kansas State Wildcats.

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USC's Barkley, Lee are Maxwell Award semifinalists

USC Trojans Matt Barkley and Marqise Lee are semifinalists to win the Maxwell Award.

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Matt Barkley No. 1 In CBS Heisman Trophy Straw Poll

CBS Sports polled 11 Heisman Trophy voters, and 9 of 11 chose USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley as their top choice to win the annual award for college football's best player.

Barkley was the overwhelming choice in the preseason HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Trophy Straw Poll released Monday, and is the clear Heisman favorite heading into the season. The fourth-year starter threw for 3,528 yards and a Pac-12-record 39 touchdowns as a junior.

That the voters chose him is a good sign that Barkley will go on to win the coveted award. The poll has been the most accurate in the country the past five seasons, according to CBS Sports' Eye on Football.

Quarterbacks E.J. Manuel of Florida State and Collin Klein of Kansas each received the two other first-place votes.

Barkley opens his case for the 2012 Heisman this weekend when USC faces Hawaii in the season opener.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles. For all things NCAA football, make a trip to SB Nation's College Football Hub.

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Senior Bowl 2013: Matt Barkley Leads 4 USC Trojans On Watch List

The USC Trojans football team saw four of their players, including Heisman Trophy Candidate Matt Barkley, named to the 2013 Senior Bowl watch list on Thursday. Khaled Holmes, Wes Horton, and T.J. McDonald join Barkley on the first ever official watch list for the game.

Barkley has also been named to the Davey O'Brien, Manning, and Maxwell Award watch lists for the 2012 season. He chose to forego the NFL Draft and return for his senior year after throwing for 3,528 yards and 39 touchdowns as a junior.

The Senior Bowl picks the top 100 seniors each year to compete in a postseason game that allows them to showcase their skills for professional scouts against the best competition in the country. This year's event will take place Jan. 26 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles. For all things NCAA football, make a trip to SB Nation's College Football Hub.

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