When USC quarterback Matt Barkley announced in December he was returning for his senior season it was great news to end the year with for Trojan fans and head coach Lane Kiffin. After an impressive final four games of the 2011 season, that was highlighted by a 50-0 victory over UCLA in the Pac-12 title game, many felt Barkley returning to the controls of the offense would put USC in prime position to make a run at this year’s national title.
Earlier this week USC was the overwheling choice by the media to win the Pac-12 conference in 2012 and team’s starting quarterback will probably head into the season as the top choice for this year’s Heisman Trophy.
Last year we saw former NFL running back Fred Taylor request the development of a smartphone app to help those interested in tracking his prep star son Kelvin. CBS Sports tells us that an app will soon be available for Matt Barkley as well.
Starting in mid-August, fans and media will be able to download, for free, a mobile application for Android or iPhone called ‘Project Tro7an’. The app will allow media and postseason awards voters to closely follow Barkley and the other Trojan honors candidates by providing easily sortable data, biographic information and highlight videos.
“(Barkley) was a part of the development since Day One,” said Jordan Moore, USC’s Director of Social Media. “He was very adamant about functionality and design.
Matt Barkley passed for 3,528 yards and 39 touchdowns last season while completing 69% of his attempts. Many of those yards and touchdowns went to wide receivers Marqise Lee (73 catches, 1,143 yards, 11 TD’s) and Robert Woods (111/1,292/15), both of whom will be in the running for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top receiver.
All three should put up video game type stats again this season so the app should be worth a download if you’re a USC or college football fan.