A sore arm did not seem to bother USC quarterback Matt Barkley in last week’s bounce-back victory over Washington State.
So the prospect of playing again with discomfort in his right shoulder does not faze him. “It’s still not 100%, but whatever,” Barkley said after practice on Tuesday.
The seventh-ranked Trojans are preparing for Saturday’s game against No. 24 California at Berkeley.
Barkley, who suffered a bone bruise during a victory over Ohio State on Sept. 12, said his throwing motion has returned to normal.
“It’s firing, but there’s still that little bit of pain,” he said.
Barkley described his condition as “manageable.”
Coach Pete Carroll also sounded unconcerned.
Barkley passed for 247 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-6 victory over Washington State last Saturday.
“We saw him at less than 100% and liked the way he played,” Carroll said. “Hopefully, he’ll be better this week.”
Barkley, who is completing 60% of his passes, hopes that USC continues to expand its play-calling.
Quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates finally allowed the freshman to throw longer passes against Washington State.
“I loved it, but we’re going to do whatever we need to win,” said Barkley, who has passed for three touchdowns with one interception.
USC is expecting a hostile crowd at Memorial Stadium, where the Golden Bears last defeated the Trojans in 2003 in triple-overtime. “That crowd definitely won’t be as loud as Ohio State, which will be nice,” Barkley said. “But I’m ready to play in any environment.”
Defensive end Nick Perry did not practice because of a knee bruise. . . . Malcolm Smith (ankle) performed several drills, but Shane Horton took the majority of first-team snaps at weak-side linebacker and could start for the first time against Cal. Linebackers Jordan Campbell and Nick Garratt remain sidelined because of ankle injuries.