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NFL | Head coach defends Matt Barkley

Southern California head coach Lane Kiffin said QB Matt Barkley will be a successful NFL quarterback, even though his stock in the NFL Draft has dropped. Kiffin blames the team's porous defense for hurting Barkley's stock. "I think he's going to be a great starting quarterback in the NFL, and the film shows it," Kiffin said. "The plays he makes, all the throws he's made here, the leadership qualities ... I've said this before: If Matt Barkley had the defense that Matt Leinart and Carson Palmer had, Matt Barkley would have won the Heisman Trophy just like they did. He would have had the winning records they had."

2013-02-28 03:39:46 | Source: ESPNLosAngeles.com - Mark Saxon

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