Barkley says Trojans have ratcheted up intensity

Associated Press Modified: August 9, 2012 at 8:29 am •  Published: August 8, 2012
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Barkley plans to take a "freshman approach" to his fourth and final training camp for Southern California.

He says that means having fun and "not really thinking of it as my last camp."

While coach Lane Kiffin said Barkley's approach hasn't changed much year to year, Barkley acknowledged that the goals are different this time around with the team being bowl eligible after it was banned for the past two seasons because of sanctions stemming from the Reggie Bush scandal.

The constant learning that comes with being a quarterback has kept Barkley's mindset fresh. After starting as a freshman and playing two years without a postseason, he decided against going to the NFL in December to play with the Trojans one more year with a shot at a bowl.


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