After the Trojans concluded their first practice in El Paso on Wednesday, Lane Kiffin informed the media that he would publicize Matt Barkley’s status for Monday’s Sun Bowl, on Thursday. Barkley has not thrown a pass in a game since November 17th, and as recently as today, has been seen on the practice field wearing just sweats, no pads.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Max Wittek has been taking the first-team reps during bowl prep in the absence of Barkley, and it would appear that he is likely to make his second collegiate start against Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.
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Wittek completed 61 percent of his passes against No. 1 Notre Dame last month and looked to have a solid rapport with junior wide receiver Robert Woods, who caught seven of Wittek’s passes for 92 yards.
If Barkley is officially held out of the Sun Bowl, his next appearence could be at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, which is played at the end of January. Barkley will continue his preparation for the 2013 NFL Draft at the NFL Combine in February, in addition to appearing at USC’s NFL Pro Day in early April at Cromwell Field.
Currently, Barkley is projected as the second draft-eligible quarterback and has a first round projection per CBS Sports.