Matt Barkley Named USC MVP

    Matt Barkley

    Dec. 5, 2011

    USC junior quarterback Matt Barkley, who set USC season records for touchdown passes and completion percentage, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Trojan football team at the annual awards banquet Monday (Dec. 5) at USC's Tutor Campus Center Ballroom.

    Barkley, a 3-year starter, also set 4 USC game records in 2011: completions (35 vs. UCLA), pass yardage (468 vs. Arizona), TD passes (6 vs. Colorado and UCLA) and total offense (470 vs. Arizona).

    Senior defensive tackle Christian Tupou won USC's Most Inspirational Player Award, while senior fullback Rhett Ellison won the Leadership Award. Junior offensive tackle Matt Kalil and junior defensive end Nick Perry were presented with USC's Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year Awards, respectively. Sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods and junior safety T.J. McDonald were USC's Offensive and Defensive Perimeter Players of the Year, respectively. Senior fullback Ross Cumming won the Special Teams Player of the Year Award.

    A complete list of the 2011 awards:

    Most Valuable Player: quarterback Matt Barkley

    Most Inspirational Player: defensive tackle Christian Tupou

    Leadership Award: fullback Rhett Ellison



    Linemen of the Year: offensive tackle Matt Kalil (offense), defensive end Nick Perry (defense)

    Perimeter Players of the Year: wide receiver Robert Woods (offense), safety T.J. McDonald (defense)

    Special Teams Player of the Year: fullback Ross Cumming

    Service Team Players of the Year: offensive guard Cyrus Hobbi (offense), linebacker Anthony Sarao (defense)

    Player of the Game versus Notre Dame: cornerback Nickell Robey

    Player of the Game versus UCLA: wide receiver Marqise Lee

    Jack Oakie "Rise and Shine" Award (year's longest run): tailback Curtis McNeal (79 yards vs. Washington)

    Howard Jones/Football Alumni Club Academic Award (overall academic achievement): linebacker Augusto Alonso

    Bob Chandler Award (underclassman with outstanding athletic ability, academic achievement and character): linebacker Hayes Pullard

    John McKay Award (underclassman with the most competitive spirit): cornerback Nickell Robey

    Joe Collins Walk-on Award: punter Kyle Negrete

    Courage Award: tailback Curtis McNeal

    Co-Lifters Award: fullback Rhett Ellison, safety Jawanza Starling

    Team Captains: quarterback Matt Barkley, fullback Rhett Ellison, safety T.J. McDonald, defensive tackle Christian Tupou