By Eric Schmidt

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is widely considered to the the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, but he has a few in the football world who aren’t sold on Luck being the best quarterback in the college ranks. Last week, former NFL QB turned CBS analyst Phil Simms made news by saying that he didn’t think Andrew Luck possesses the arm strength to make all the throws he’ll need in at the next level in the NFL. Now, a member of the college coaching ranks weighs in.

Washington head coach Steve Sarkasian gets set for his Washington Huskies to take on the University of Southern California and he believes that USC has the best quarterback in NCAA football in Matt Barkley.

According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Sarkasian told reporters, “If I’m an NFL head coach right now I’d pick Matt Barkley ahead of Andrew Luck, I think where he fits into the NFL in his pocket presence and what [USC coach] Lane [Kiffin] is doing with him, the variety of offense they are playing with, his ability to make all of the throws, throwing them on time and to them accurately. He’s fantastic to me, and I know him personally, so I have a little better insight into what he is and what he represents I think he’s fantastic.”

In comparison between the two signal callers, Barkley has thrown for 2608 yards, 28 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Andrew Luck has posted similar numbers, 2424 yards, 26 touchdowns and five interceptions. USC faced Stanford this season, two weeks ago with the Stanford Cardinals winning in triple overtime, 56-48.

 

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