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USC leans on Matt Barkley's leadership

The sophomore QB leads Trojans with traits Lane Kiffin noticed early on

Updated: September 6, 2010, 6:44 PM ET
By Shelley Smith | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Amid the swirling turmoil that has followed Lane Kiffin from the USC Trojans to the Oakland Raiders, to the Tennessee Volunteers and back again, a young quarterback has grown up and grown strong in his conviction that "everything happens for a reason."

That's what is keeping Matt Barkley focused and what gives Kiffin and the Trojans an optimism going into this season that, as these past months unfolded, didn't seem possible.

When Pete Carroll left abruptly in January, Barkley ...

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