When the Trojans suit up to take on the California Golden Bears on Saturday, Matt Barkley will be just 133 yards of total offense short of putting up 10,000 career yards.
It is very well possible that he will hit this mark, and then some.
In the past we have seen Coach Lane Kiffin helping players achiever certain goals, and this one is definitely in reach: over the pas three years, Barkley averages nearly 300 yards (276.7)of offense through the air alone. He has seven touchdowns to just one interception against the Bears, a team he has routinely picked apart over the years.
In those years though, Barkley has had LT Matt Kalil to protect him and a solid offensive front as a whole, for that matter. This year, suffice to say he does not. Aundrey Walker and Max Tuerk still have a long way to go, and we have yet to find out which of them will get the start this week, after Kiffin brought Tuerk up to compete with Walker in light of the poor performance he gave against Stanford.
If Barkley is to match his numbers from the previous three games–or just get to 133 yards, for that matter–he is going to need the time and protection that he did not have against Stanford. Khaled Holmes is listed as the starting center against the Bears, which could make a significant difference in Barkley reaching 10,000 yards.
If Barkley can hit this major mark during the competition against Cal, it will surely wipe away the stain of that bitter defeat at the hands of Stanford last week. 10,000 times over, to be exact.