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USC's Barkley: Vontaze Burfict a 'dirty player'

Posted on: September 22, 2011 5:47 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2011 2:25 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's a pivotal matchup in the new Pac-12 South, not to mention a matchup featuring a ranked team taking on a team that was ranked just last week. But USC's Saturday trip to Arizona State still hasn't drawn a lot of attention in the midst of conference realignment madness. Maybe, though, Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley's comments on Sun Devil linebacker Vontaze Burfict will change that.

Burfict already has a reputation as a player willing to push the boundaries of the rules (and ocassionally fly past them), and asked to comment on that reputation by the Los Angeles Times, Barkley didn't sugarcoat his opinion (emphasis added):
"He's a dirty player," the quarterback said, basing his opinion on what he suggests were efforts by the linebacker to injure him by diving at his knees during a high school game.

"His switch is always on. And it's not a good switch."
Lane Kiffin was much more subtle about his reservations regarding Burfict's play, saying he's "as dominant as there is in the country" ... but not without the qualifier that that only applies "between the whistles."

As the (highly recommended) Times story illustrates, Burfict comes by his occasional bursts of on-field aggression honestly, enduring a literally death-defying childhood in dangerous neighborhoods and displaying his unusual intensity as soon as he could take a pickup basketball court. Even Barkley would likely agree that to look at his history of personal fouls and simply write Burfict off as an out-of-control villain is to miss the complete picture of one of college football's most interesting stars.

But judging by his comments to the Times, Barkley would no doubt add that none of Burfict's story changes what kind of player he is on the football field. And no doubt Burfict has read those comments and knows he'll have to either live up or down to them Saturday.

So maybe this is a game that hasn't drawn a lot of attention yet. But we'll be watching.


Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:10 am

USC's Barkley: Vontaze Burfict a 'dirty player'

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Since: Sep 24, 2011
Posted on: September 24, 2011 12:37 pm

USC's Barkley: Vontaze Burfict a 'dirty player'

I would be pissed off too if I was named Vontaze. Hey, Its really no shocker that ASU is penalty prone but the real shocker is that they are just now getting pub. If anyone's followed Erickson's coaching career dating back to the late 80's when he coached at Miami he had dirty players there and he's always let his players play "rather loose" and without disipline. ASU gets penalized often and it will be no different tonight. It's probably still retaliation from the past game where USC's defense knocked the crap out of ASU's QB, and had to carry his bloody unbuckled chin-strapped torn body off the field multiple times. It's going to be a great game regardless of the penalties. Of course Barkley wouldn't say what he said if VONTAZE went to USC, nobody would ever say something like that about a team-mate. But he didn't do himself any favors by calling him out either, or did he? This could also be a part of BARKLEY'S brilliant strategy, to call him out and have all eyes and attention on Vontaze, thus making sure he doesn't take any cheap shots durning the game. I heard the reason why he didn't go to USC was becasue of his GPA, or lack there of, and that's why ASU took him. Regardless, Vontaze will ultimately be drafted to the pros and make millions, and turn his angry childhood into gold.

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: September 24, 2011 10:17 am

USC's Barkley: Vontaze Burfict a 'dirty player'

pretty stupid comments barkley before this game because now we know this dudes in your head even before you take one snap,and your only fueling burficts desire to put a kill shot on you or any other trojan good luck but i think barkley has already lost this game well it doesnt matter only asu has something to play for anyway 

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 8:58 pm

USC's Barkley: Vontaze Burfict a 'dirty player'

all this trash talking by USC is only fueling the fire for the sun devils.  Not too smart there trojans. 

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 8:55 pm

USC's Barkley: Vontaze Burfict a 'dirty player'

Didn't Burfict turn down USC to go to ASU?  If he did go to USC.  I'd bet money that Barkley wouldn't be talking trash about Burfict.  Hope Vontaze creams Barkley into the grass. 

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