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Matt Barkley Named Starter

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ESPN's Shelley Smith reported that Matt Barkley has been named starting quarterback for the USC Trojans. Trojans head coach Pete Carroll confirmed the news on Twitter. Barkley, 2007 Gatorade national player of the year, graduated early from Mater Dei so he could participate in spring practice. With presumed heir to the job unior Aaron Corp out since August 11 with a cracked fibula, the chatter has been louder in recent weeks of Barkley to be the first true freshman starter during Carroll's tenure since 2001. While this confirms him to the starter in USC's opener against San Jose State, this by no mean gives Barkley job security past that game as is Carroll's modus operandi.