Barkley's biggest problem is when he tries to throw a deep out across the field, an absolute must-have-in-his-arsenal for any starting NFL quarterback. Too often the football hangs in the air just begging to be picked off. Trojan insiders insist that Barkley is hiding an early-season shoulder injury, one reason USC Coach Lane Kiffin has been so paranoid about shielding his players from the media, especially at practice
. And it's the reason, they say, that the offense has been such a dink-and-dunk affair, with so few opportunities to try a vertical pass deep downfield.