USC Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin has confirmed in his weekly teleconference with the media that senior quarterback Matt Barkley is out for this upcoming Saturday’s rivalry game with No. 1 ranked Notre Dame.
Barkley was hit by Anthony Barr on a sack late in the fourth quarter in a loss to UCLA on Saturday, and Kiffin confirmed he had a ligament sprain in his right shoulder.
Through 11 games, Barkley leads the nation with 36 touchdown passes, despite having 15 interceptions, a career high. Barkley holds Pac-12 records for passing yards and touchdowns with 12,327 yards and 116 touchdowns.
This is Barkley’s third injury at USC, as missed time in 2010 due to a knee injury suffered at Oregon State, which prompted him to miss the Notre Dame game. Overall, the Trojans are 0-2 without Barkley, losing to Washington in 2009 with Aaron Corp at quarterback, and Notre Dame in 2010 with Mitch Mustain.
Without Barkley at quarterback, the Trojans will roll with Max Wittek, who ironically was Barkley’s heir to the quarterback throne at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. Wittek got his first taste of crunch time action on Saturday, completing all three attempted passes, though he fumbled his first snap.