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Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2011 10:36 am
 


Posted by Chip Patterson

Even with a projected Top 10 draft stock, USC quarterback Matt Barkley has decided to return for another season with the Trojans.

The junior from Newport Beach made his decision official on Thursday, making his announcement in the shadows of the USC greats in Heritage Hall.

"I am prepared to play quarterback in the NFL," Barkley explained. "It is my dream to play quarterback in the NFL. I intend to make that dream a reality.

"But I also know that I came to the University of Southern California to compete, and have a rare journey as a USC football player, to earn a degree from this exceptional university, and forge life-long bonds with the Trojan family.

"I will earn my degree, the bonds have been forged, but I know in my heart that I have not yet finished my journey as a Trojan football player. Our USC football team has been through some tough times, and we have persevered. The 2012 has some serious unfinished business to attend to, and I intend to play a part in it."

The crowd erupted, the band began playing, and the junior from Newport Beach flashed a smile as he confirmed what many USC fans had hoped.

Barkley threw for 3,528 yards, 39 touchdowns and just seven interceptions while completing 69.1 percent of his passes and leading the Trojans to a 10-2 record in 2011. He returns to Southern Cal with his two favorite receivers from the past season - Robert Woods and Marquise Lee - and will bring lofty expectations to the program for the first time since the Pete Carroll era.

Barkley was projected by many to be a Top 10 selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, but the lure of one more season as the Trojans starting quarterback was enough to bring him back to school. With the way USC finished the season in 2011, they will likely be early favorites to compete for a National Championship in 2012.  Barkley grew up dreaming of playing for USC, and with the NCAA sanctions lifted he will get the opportunity to lead the Trojans to a Pac-12 title - or possibly more.  

For much more on Barkley's decision to return, check out Trojans RapidReports from CBSSports.com's Chris Huston

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Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:49 am
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

100% the right decision. He couldve taken the safer route and been a top 10 pick. But, in next year's draft, he could be the #1 overall pick. So from a draft point of view, he still has some to gain by staying. He also can compete for a national title, earn a degree and etch his name into USC glory, as opposed to being the QB during the postseason ban. 



Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:00 am
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

Being an LSU fan, I hold a terrible grudge against USC. However, I like when kids stay for their Senior year of College. I think Barkely is showing a ton of maturity by staying, and I really wish him all the luck. Just wish more people would appreciate his decision, cause now this means there will be that much better football next season.



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:38 pm
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

What a pure act of COWARDICE to stay instead of going into the League. I don't know what it is about USC that makes these QB's too chickenpoop to jump into the NFL. Instead, they overstay in school, tip-toe into the league, and look timid once they're in. Look at the USC Qb's currently in and tell me they're REALLY NFL material.




Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:10 pm
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

What a great day for The Trojan Family. He'll take his senior year, to complete the task at hand. His degree, a national championship run. A chance at THE BIGG H.  Happy Holidays Trojan Family. 



Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:39 pm
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

Actually USC does have a BCS championship.. I stopped reading your post after that considering it was clear you have no clue what you are talking about. The game I am referring to is when USC spanked OU like 56-19 or something ridiculous like that.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

Being the 3rd QB taken in the 2012 draft wasn't enough?

If he thinks he'll be the first overall pick in 2013, there's always an RG3 that comes out of nowhere to knock out the incumbent.



Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:09 pm
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

This might inspire LaMichael to return.


Regardless, this sets up a potentially monumental matchup against the Ducks at the coliseum next year that could potentially have a rematch for all the PAC marbles.


I like it. 



Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:09 pm
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

Not a USC or Barkley fan, but good for him to make a decision like this.  He'll never be able to recreate the college experience so enjoy it while he has the chance.




Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

Kinda surprising,i guess he can make more money at USC then going to the NFL.



Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:00 pm
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

congrats on your Holier than thou atttitude how about some props to a kid that picked his heart over his pocket . He shoulgd have been invited yo Nhis stats where better than Lucks I for one hope they blow up the BCS and get a playoff system in so we can have bareal champ and not a dilutewd my conference is better so we get to go to the title game not fair to the fans or the teams


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