Matt Barkley's career at Southern California is over.
Coach Lane Kiffin has announced that the senior quarterback won't play in the Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech because of an injured shoulder. Instead, redshirt freshman Max Wittek will make his second career start.
Barkley's throwing shoulder was injured during USC's second-to-last game against UCLA. He didn't play in the season-finale against Notre Dame. Wittek started the game and the Trojans lost to the Fighting Irish to fall to 7-5 on the season.
Barkley told KVIA ABC-7 "I've worked as hard as I could to get back for this game. Nature isn't allowing it. And doctors aren't allowing it. They're looking out for my best interest."