Posted by Tom Fornelli
There are plenty of reasons that Matt Barkley returning to school for his senior season is good news for USC. The biggest obviously being that with Barkley back, USC becomes one of the favorites to win a title next season. Another reason would be more of a recent development.
Backup quarterback Jesse Scroggins, who is one of three quarterbacks who will be competing to be Barkley's replacement in 2013, is in danger of being ruled academically ineligible for next season if he doesn't have a good semester in the classroom this spring.
“He’s fallen behind,” Lane Kiffin told the Orange County Register about Scroggins' situation. “He’s in a hole. He has a lot of work to do.”
Scroggins didn't see any time on the field during the 2011 season, and redshirted his first year on campus in 2010. Scroggins, along with Cody Kessler and Max Wittek, will compete to become the heir apparent to Barkley in 2013. Not being eligible to play in 2012 would likely give Kessler and Wittek a leg up in that competition.
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