Newport Beach resident Matt Barkley, who will be a junior on the USC football team in 2011, has been named to the watch list for the Manning Award, given annually to the top collegiate quarterback.
Barkley, entering his third season as the starter, is one of 31 on the watch list, hoping to be among the 10 finalists named on Nov. 28. The winner will be named Jan. 18.
Barkley, who played at Mater Dei High after a stint with Newport-Mesa Junior All-American Football, enters the Sept. 3 season opener against visiting Minnesota ranked sixth in USC career annals in completions with 447. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 20 of his 24 games and has thrown for at least 200 yards in 14 contests.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder completed 236 of 377 passes last season for 2,791 yards and 26 touchdowns. He threw 12 interceptions.
As a freshman starter in 2009, he was 211 for 352 for 2,735 yards and 15 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.