Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
A shoulder injury suffered on Nov. 17 against UCLA will keep the senior quarterback out of the Sun Bowl next Monday.
Lane Kiffin announced that Max Wittek will start at QB for USC in the @hyundaisunbowl.Matt Barkley's college career is officially over.— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) December 27, 2012
Matt Barkley may have played his last game as a member of the USC Trojans. The senior quarterback has been without a helmet and pads in practice and is very unlikely to play in the Sun Bowl, according to Rich Hammond of The Orange County Register.
Barkley suffered a sprained shoulder on Nov. 17 when he was hit by UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr in the Trojans 38-28 loss to the Bruins. Freshman backup Max Wittek started the Trojans final game of the season -- a 22-13 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish -- and will likely start in Barkley's place against Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.
If Barkley is unable to play, it would be a disappointing finish to a rough year. The 22-year-old opted to stay in school for his senior season despite being projected as a first-round pick in the NFL Draft. And after a 7-5 season for the Trojans and 15 interceptions on the year, it's likely that his draft projection has fallen.
Kickoff at the Sun Bowl is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Monday, Dec. 31, and the game will be televised on CBS.
This post first appeared on SB Nation.