(NEW YORK) — Former USC quarterback Matt Barkley will not throw for scouts, but he may run and jump at the upcoming 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, according to ESPN.
Barkley suffered a separated shoulder towards the end of last season, and that is the main reason he is not going to throw at the combine, which begins on Wednesday.
Before this past season, Barkley was considered a top-five pick and preseason Heisman Trophy favorite by many experts. Instead, he and USC fell well short of expectations. The Trojans went a disappointing 7-6 and Barkley’s completion percentage, passing yards, touchdowns, and passer rating all dropped compared to his 2011 season.
“This is probably the biggest test of my life coming up,” Barkley said. “This is like the SAT times thousands. I hear the whole couple days is a grind. But I am looking forward to that challenge. I am really excited about it.”
While Barkley won’t throw at the combine, West Virginia’s Geno Smith, North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon, and Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson will throw.
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