Newport Beach resident Matt Barkley, a junior quarterback and third-year starter at USC, is among 20 candidates for the 2011 Premier Player of College Football trophy.
The trophy is presented to the athlete the fans voted for as the best player in NCAA college football. A poll is released at the beginning of the season. In October, five players are added to the list. Fans then have until the last conference championship game to cast their initial votes for their favorite candidate.
The five athletes with the most votes will be announced in December and invited to an awards dinner. At that time, a ballot with the five finalists may be voted upon until a week preceding the dinner, when the winner will be announced Jan. 13 in Tampa, Fla.
For information or to vote, visit http://www.prepierplayers.com.
— From staff reports
Sailors lose another running back
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