"If I'm an NFL head coach, right now, I'd pick Matt Barkley ahead of Andrew Luck," Sarkisian told the Los Angeles Times. "I think he's playing at that high of a level."
That's some strong praise. It should be noted that Sarkisian was the USC offensive coordinator alongside current Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin. Sarkisian was effusive in his praise of Barkley.
"I think where he fits into the National Football League is in his pocket presence and what Lane's doing with him," Sarkisian said. "I think he's fantastic."
Barkley is certainly having a fantastic season – especially of late. On the season, Barkley is completing 67 percent of his passes for 2,608 yards and 28 touchdowns. That's more yards and touchdowns than Luck, whatever that's worth.
Like Luck, Barkley is a junior. Although he's expected to enter the draft after this season, he'll have an opportunity at a BCS game if he returns for his senior season.