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Has Matt Barkley met expectations? Plaschke, Simers discuss

October 21, 2011 |  9:04 am

Matt Barkley has shown glimmers of excellence in his football career, but has the USC quarterback, who was once hailed as a future top pick in the NFL draft, lived up to his expectations?

In 2009, Barkley was the first true freshman quarterback to start a USC opener in the program's 123-year history. Last season, he threw for 2,791 yards and 26 touchdowns. This year, he's led his team to a 5-1 record.

Was that good enough to live up to his massive hype? Times columnists Bill Plaschke and T.J. Simers discuss the topic in their video show, L.A. Loud, moderated by Times reporter Melissa Rohlin.


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-- Melissa Rohlin