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By Bruce Borquin, Daily Pilot | July 19, 2011
After only one season playing quarterback in a run-oriented offense, JSerra Catholic senior-to-be Jake Hall is swiftly establishing himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the state, perhaps the nation. And wait 'till you get a load of the Newport Beach resident in a new version of the "pistol" offense the Lions will run this fall. That was the offense seen last season at No. 11 University of Nevada, run by Colin Kaepernick, selected in the NFL Draft's second round by theSan Francisco 49ers.
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August 27, 2010
Irrelevant Week XXXV, the annual Newport Beach event that celebrates the final pick in the NFL draft, generated more than $30,000 for Goodwill of Orange County's fitness center, event organizers said. Tim Toone, a receiver-kick returner from Weber State University was this year's honoree after being taken No. 255 by the Detroit Lions. Irrelevant Week, created by Newport Beach resident Paul Salata, who played football in the NFL and at USC, has raised more than $1 million for Orange County charities.
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By Steve Virgen | September 8, 2009
During the second week of being a quarterback when Matt Barkley was in the sixth grade, he did something that showed why he’s now the starting signal caller for the No. 3-ranked college football team in the nation. Back then Barkley was just learning while playing in the Newport-Mesa Junior All-American Pee-Wee Division. But he still flashed glimpses that he had the potential to become the first true freshman to start at USC. Sure there were signs there with the Seahawks that gave a spark of an indication that he could dazzle in his debut, a Trojans’ 56-3 rout of San Jose State Saturday.
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September 5, 2009
LOS ANGELES — Matt Barkley, a Newport Beach native, didn’t start out so hot in his debut at quarterback for the USC football team Saturday. But the Trojans’ first true freshman to start at quarterback finished strong, throwing for 233 yards and a touchdown on 15-of-19 passing in USC’s 56-3 victory against San Jose State. Barkley’s first four series resulted in two fumbles and two punts, but then he led the No. 4-ranked Trojans on four straight scoring drives in the second quarter.
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August 27, 2009
USC freshman quarterback Matt Barkley, a Newport Beach resident, will start the Trojans’ season-opening football game Sept. 5 against San Jose State, USC Coach Pete Carroll announced Thursday. Barkley, who enrolled at USC in the spring after graduating early from Mater Dei High, won the job over Aaron Corp. Barkley, 18, will be the first true freshman to start a USC opener, after showing well in spring and fall workouts. “It’s clear to us as a staff that Matt Barkley is ready to be the starting quarterback at USC,” Carroll said in a statement.
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By Steve Virgen | August 12, 2009
Back in April, Matt Barkley was told he was the No. 2 quarterback for USC. The Newport Beach resident soon realized that no quarterback during Pete Carroll’s tenure — not Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, John David Booty or Mark Sanchez — was demoted as the starter after winning the job in the spring. But tradition seems to be changing, albeit because of an injury. USC just might start a true freshman when it opens the season against visiting San Jose State Sept.
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By Steve Virgen | April 25, 2009
For Steve Virgen's blog, click here. LOS ANGELES — The video footage rolled on the big screen at the Los Angeles Coliseum Saturday. It was NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announcing the fifth pick in the draft, that the Jets traded up with the Browns to take Mark Sanchez, the quarterback out of USC. Shortly after yet another Trojans’ starter entered the NFL quarterback fraternity, young Matt Barkley took a snap from under center....
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January 6, 2009
Newport Beach resident Matt Barkley, the highly touted quarterback out of Mater Dei High, was named the White team’s MVP after a 27-16 win over the Black team in the Under Armour All-American Game in front of 25,382 at the Florida Citrus Bowl Sunday. Barkley threw for 237 yards, including 151 in the first half, and two touchdowns, completing 11 of 22 pass attempts. “It was a lot of fun to end my high school years that way,” said Barkley, the 6-foot-3, 223-pounder who will enroll at USC later this month.
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January 2, 2009
Newport Beach resident Matt Barkley, perhaps the most decorated high school football player in Orange County history during four seasons at quarterback for Mater Dei, will compete in the Under Armour All-American game today at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Former Balboa Island resident and one-time Newport Harbor assistant coach Mike White, a former head coach for the Los Angeles Raiders, Cal and Illinois, will coach one of the teams, comprised...
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