Barkley And Lee Named Maxwell Award Semifinalists

    Matt Barkley (7) and Marqise Lee (9)

    Oct. 29, 2012

    USC quarterback Matt Barkley and wide receiver Marqise Lee are among 16 semifinalists for the 2012 Maxwell Award, presented to the nation's top player by the Maxwell Football Club.

    Barkley also was a semifinalist in 2011.

    Three finalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 19, with the winner announced on Dec. 6.

    Overall in 2012, Barkley has completed 65.3% of his passes (171-of-262) for 2,266 yards with 25 touchdowns. His 25 TD passes through 8 games in 2012 is ahead of his pace from 2011 (22) when he set the Pac-12 season TD pass record (39). He is 13th nationally in passing efficiency (163.3) and within range of Mark Sanchez's USC season passing efficiency mark of 164.6 set in 2008. He also is a semifinalist for the 2012 Davey O'Brien Award and a finalist for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award.

    He owns 15 USC career, season and game records, 7 of which are Pac-12 marks. Recently he set the Pac-12 record for career touchdown passes (105). Last week at Arizona, he set the USC game records for passing yards (493) and total offense (497), while the week before that against Colorado he completed a Pac-12 record 95.0% of his passes (19-of-20)

    He is second behind Heisman winner Carson Palmer on USC's career lists for completions (he has 926 completions and needs 1 to tie), passing yardage (he has 11,320 yards, second on the Pac-12 chart), pass attempts (he has 1,437) and total offense (he has 11,223 yards, third on the Pac-12 ladder). He has thrown at least 1 TD pass in 39 of his 44 career games, at least 2 TDs in 27 games, at least 3 TDs in 18 games, at least 4 TDs 10 times and at least 5 TDs 7 times (the only Trojan to have done so), including 4 times with a school record 6 TDs. He has thrown for at least 200 yards in 29 career games (a school record 13 times over 300 yards, as well as a school record-tying 3 times over 400 yards). He has 44 career starts (he is 33-11 as a starter).



    In 2012, Lee has 76 receptions (already seventh on the USC season list) for 1,129 yards (14.9 average) with 10 TDs, along with 15 kickoff returns for 426 yards (28.4 average) with 1 TD. He currently is second nationally in receiving yards (141.1, first in Pac-12), third in receptions (9.5, first in Pac-12), fourth in all-purpose running (199.9, first in Pac-12) and 12th in kickoff returns (28.4, first in Pac-12). Last week at Arizona, he had one of the greatest receiving performances in the history of college football, with a Pac-12 record 345 receiving yards (fifth most in NCAA history) on 16 catches (1 shy of the USC record and third most in Pac-12 history) with 2 TDs (49 and 44 yards), and 469 all-purpose yards (second most in NCAA history).

    He is 11th on USC's career pass catching list (149 receptions) and USC's career kickoff return list (711 yards). He has 9 career 100-yard receiving games, including a 3-game stretch from 2011 to 2012 (Oregon, UCLA, Hawaii) with 608 receiving yards that is the most prolific in USC history, plus a school record-tying (with Woods) 6 career games with double digit receptions and 5 career contests with multiple TDs. He has 2 career scoring kickoff returns. He has had at least 8 receptions in 11 games in his career, including 9 in a row at one point (last 4 of 2011, first 5 of 2012). He has had 16 receiving TDs in the past 12 games, with at least 1 in 9 of those contests. His pair of 1,000-yard receiving seasons (2011 and 2012) equals a school record.