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Matt Barkley a Wuerffel finalist

USC quarterback Matt Barkley has been selected as one of 13 finalists for the 2011 Wuerffel Trophy, presented to the college football player who best combines community service with athletic and academic achievement.

Joining Barkley among the finalists are OL Barrett Jones (Alabama), QB Robert Griffin III (Baylor), WR Cody Wilson (Central Michigan), P Dawson Zimmerman (Clemson), PK Dustin Hopkins (Florida State), P Drew Butler (Georgia), OL Stuart Hines (Kentucky), QB Kirk Cousins (Michigan State), QB Chandler Harnish (Northern Illinois), P Ben Buchanan (Ohio State), OL Chaz Hine (USF) and LB Emmanuel Acho (Texas).

Barkley also is one of 16 semifinalists for the 2011 Maxwell Award and one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award (for the third consecutive year).

He was one of 11 FBS players named to the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, recognized for their commitment to making a difference in their communities. He spent 11 days during the 2010 Christmas break in Nigeria visiting orphans, widows, villagers and prisoners, doing construction work, distributing supplies and gifts and sharing daily fellowship.

He is a communication major at USC with a B average (3.22 GPA). He made the 2010 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.

The 2011 Wuerffel Trophy will be presented to the winner at the All Sports Associations' 43rd annual awards banquet on Feb. 17.