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Matt Barkley and Marqise Lee's Competitive Nature

I am not sure if anyone at the game saw this Saturday but those of us watching on TV saw it....

After an incomplete pass in the second quarter, Lee gestured to Barkley to throw the ball a little higher. After another incompletion in the third quarter, Barkley yelled at Lee for running the wrong route.

Trouble between Trojans? Not so, according to USC coach Lane Kiffin.

"You're dealing with two top-five picks in the draft, phenomenal players who are very competitive," Kiffin said during his weekly teleconference Sunday night. "They want to complete every ball. I think that's a good thing."

I love this.

There is nothing wrong with guys getting chippy with one another in order to improve each others play.

I bet Matt Barkley would not have made any visible reaction to Lee running the wrong route if Barkley wasn't getting sacked hard on that play.

To me, it shows how bad these guys want it. So, I am fine with it...let them push each other.

Hard to complain when you see a drive chart like this...


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