Embracing Barkley-mania

Saturday provided a glimpse at what awaits the USC QB next fall

Updated: April 15, 2012, 4:13 PM ET
By Greg Katz |
LOS ANGELES -- Following Saturday afternoon's USC spring game at the Coliseum, the long line to get Trojans senior quarterback Matt Barkley's autograph looked like something out of a Hollywood premier to see the latest Harry Potter adventure or newest Twilight flick.

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Warner Brothers Entertainment Even Harry Potter would be impressed by how much Barkley-mania has spread in Southern California.
If Saturday is any indication of the popularity for this heartthrob from Newport Beach, Calif., it might be mindboggling what will happen when the fall rolls around and all those national magazine cover shots grace newsstands everywhere.

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