February 23, 2013
Barkley bristles at weak-arm assessments
By JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

USC quarterback Matt Barkley throws against California during their NCAA game in Los Angeles September 22, 2012. (REUTERS file photo)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Don't tell Matt Barkley he doesn't have an NFL-calibre throwing arm.

The blond glamour boy from Southern Cal is rated by most experts as the second-best quarterback in this year's NFL draft class.

While he did start for four years at a high-profile program, the knock on Barkley is that his arm is weak for an NFLer -- and that's before he separated his throwing shoulder in Southern Cal's second-last regular-season game.

"I would disagree," the 22-year-old said coldly. "Look at the tape. Watch the tape. I'm not going to go through certain throws, but you can watch the tape where I've made throws in tight windows. I can make every NFL throw that you need. So I would disagree."



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