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Barkley still has much to prove

Let me get one thing straight right from the start: I like Matt Barkley. I think he is a great kid and a good leader. He is smart, good-looking, articulate and intuitive, remarkably supportive of those less fortunate than him and terrific with the media. Come on, this would be your idea of a dream date for your daughter.

But this isn't about Barkley, the person. This is about Barkley, the quarterback.

And I can't help but think some of the people who are rushing to anoint him with all kinds of glowing labels heading into the 2011 season have short memories.