September 8, 2009

Practice Insider: Barkley even more confident

There's no doubt that Matt Barkley believes he can do just about anything on the football field.

On his 19th birthday Tuesday, Barkley continued to exude the confidence that has him seemingly unfazed with the prospects of playing the biggest game of his career Saturday in front of the largest, loudest crowd he's seen.

When No. 3 USC travels to face No. 7 Ohio State, Barkley doesn't expect to be rattled mentally - even if the noise manages to rattle his bones. Tuesday, USC practiced with crowd noise blaring, and Barkley said he wasn't discouraged with the results.

"These speakers are great," he said. "I can barely hear myself shouting at the line of scrimmage. I think that's really the only factor that will get to us - the sound. You'll be able to feel it, but that won't affect me. I don't care what they say; they can say what they want. That won't affect me. I don't care what color they're wearing. As for the sound, we'll deal with it.

"I love it. Bring it on. I'll imagine they're all cheering for us."

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