USC Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley with head coach Lane Kiffin

Matt Barkley’s college career is officially over as USC head coach Lane Kiffin announced that Barkley won’t be playing in the Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech.

Barkley talked to the media and let it be known that this is not how he wanted to end his career as a Trojan.

“It’s not what I thought would happen, it’s not what I think is the most ideal situation, but at the same time I do have peace. I know that whatever the case is right now, I can make it into a great case come April, which is essentially what my goal is now.”

“I’ve worked as hard as I could to get back for this game, and nature’s not allowing it and doctors aren’t allowing it.”

Barkley injured his arm when he was sacked in the UCLA game by Anthony Barr.

Barkley finishes his career with a 64.1% completion percentage and 12,327 yards, 116 touchdowns, 48 interceptions, and an overall record of 34 – 13. Barkley will now focus his efforts on improving his draft status even though he’s likely to be a first round pick.

Barkley’s replacement, freshman Max Wittek will get the start for the Trojans against the Yellow Jackets.

“It was Matt’s game to play or not play,” Wittek said. “But now that I know that, I’ll just get back to preparation.”

The freshman started against Notre Dame and the Trojans almost won and probably would have if it had not been for the coaching decisions Lane Kiffin made at the end of the game. There may not be a better game for Wittek to get some practice in than a bowl game. Of course the Trojans will actually have to show up to play.

Heading into next season, Wittek will have receiver Marquis Lee as a target, and Lee has stated that he would like to actually be in New York for the Heisman presentation next season.

Here’s the play that ended Barkley’s career at USC.

Matt Barkley's college career ended by Anthony Barr gif TheBigLead

[gif via TheBigLead, quotes via LATimes]

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