Matt Murschel | College Football 365
2:47 PM PST, December 27, 2012
USC coach Lane Kiffin announced Thursday that redshirt freshman Max Wittek will start Monday against Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.
The news spells the end of Matt Barkley’s collegiate career.
The senior missed time with a separated shoulder he suffered during the Trojans’ loss to UCLA Nov. 17. He missed the regular season finale against Notre Dame and there was speculation that he might miss the bowl game in El Paso, N.M.
“Matt really wanted to play in the game and he was very close to being able to play and unfortunately for him our doctors have decided against it,” Kiffin told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s nothing long term.... We ran out of time.”
Thursday’s announcement was just another blow in a long season for USC and Barkley.
The California native returned for his senior season in hopes of leading the Trojans to a national championship. He was a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate, but struggles early long and losses to Stanford, Arizona and Oregon knocked him out of contention.
He finished the year by completing 64 percent of his passes for 3,273 yards with 36 touchdowns and a career high 15 interceptions.
Wittek started the finale against Notre Dame, where he threw for 186 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
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