Barkley Named Finalist For Manning Award, Perry For Hendricks Award|
Nov. 30, 2011
USC QB Matt Barkley was named one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award, given to the nation's top quarterback, while DE Nick Perry was named one of 6 finalists for the Hendricks Award, presented to the nation's top defensive end.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes the candidates' bowl performances into consideration in its balloting. The winner is scheduled to be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
Joining Barkley as Manning Award finalists are: Kirk Cousins of Michigan State, Robert Griffin III of Baylor, Landry Jones of Oklahoma, Case Keenum of Houston, Andrew Luck of Stanford, Kellen Moore of Boise State, Brandon Weeden of Oklahoma State, Russell Wilson of Wisconsin and Tyler Wilson of Arkansas.
USC's Matt Leinart was the award's inaugural winner in following the 2004 season.
The Hendricks Award is named after Ted Hendricks, the former Miami and NFL Hall of Famer. The winner will be announced on Dec. 6.
Joining Perry as Hendricks Award finalists are: Frank Alexander of Oklahoma, Andre Branch of Clemson, Vinny Curry of Marshall, Whitney Mercilus of Illinois and Sam Montgomery of LSU.
Barkley, a junior who is a candidate for the Heisman Trophy, threw a Pac-12 record 39 touchdown passes in 2011 while completing a school-record 69.1% of his passes. His 308 completions in 2011 were 1 shy of the USC record. He set 4 USC game records in 2011: completions (35 versus UCLA), pass yardage (468 versus Arizona), TD passes (6 versus Colorado and UCLA) and total offense (470 versus Arizona). In the final 6 games of 2011, he threw 23 TDs with just 3 interceptions while competing 70.0% of his passes.
In his 3-year Trojan career, Barkley is second at USC in career touchdown passes (80) and third in career pass completions (754), pass yardage (9,054) and total offense (9,013 yards). He has thrown at least 1 TD pass in 32 of his 36 games, at least 2 TDs in 21 games, at least 3 TDs in 13 games, at least 4 TDs 7 times (5 in 2011) and at least 5 TDs 5 times (the only Trojan to have done so), including twice with a school record 6 TDs. He has thrown for at least 200 yards in 24 career games (10 times over 300 yards, including 6 times in 2011, and twice over 400 yards, both in 2011).
Perry, a junior, led the Pac-10 in sacks (9.5) in 2011 while making the All-Pac-12 first team. That was the most sacks by a Trojan since 2007. He also topped USC in tackles for losses with 13 and led USC's defensive linemen in total tackles (54). He added 3 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.