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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: May 13, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

Man...do I have mixed emotions.

1)  Barkley just gave up several million dollars for this one year.  For me...that is a ton of money.  He may get injured...he may have a crap year....he may bomb.  That is a load to think about.

2)  What a cool decision.  My hat is off to this young man and I look forward to one more great year for us to watch a future star at the cfb level.  I am the lucky one. 

Great stuff.       



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

Jose you're a scumbag, and it sickens me that you use the "fight on" motto because you in no way shape or form represent those of us who belong to the university past or present, and I would hope others would see this and recognize that you are nothing but a wannabe cloked in racist garb.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:41 pm
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

I for one am glad that Barkley decided to return for his senior year. That is good for the team and just might earn him a few more bucks next year.

For those of you worried about him having an injury during his senior year there are insurance policies that are available that would pay handsomely in the event of such an injury occurring. Matt Lienart obtained one his last season at SC.

With Lee and Woods returning next year we would have a strong offense, with a few gaps in the line that is coming back next season Barkley would sufficient protection.

Baring no long major injuries we should project as a top 5 pre-season program and wind up with a berth in the Rose Bowl next season.

 

“FIGHT ON”  

“ONE MAN’S OPINION”



Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:37 pm
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

It is better to keep your mouth closed and allow everyone to think you are an idiot than open your mouth and prove you are an idiot.
That's a great quote. Oscar Wilde right?



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:31 pm
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

@Josemv

Why would  you want to add racism into this thread about our quarterback returning for his senior year.

T.J. McDonald is a current black SC player that is returning for  his senior year, therefore your statement about blacks is incorrect. I don’t understand why anyone would want to make such careless comment without proof. There have  been a lot of former black SC players that were juniors and stayed for their senior year. Mayes for one comes to mind in the not too distant past.

It is better to keep your mouth closed and allow everyone to think you are an idiot than open your mouth and prove you are an idiot.

“FIGHT ON”  

“ONE MAN’S OPINION”







Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:31 pm
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

How refreshing is it to see a great college player complete his 4 year term. In this day and age with all the news about roids, suspensions, drugs and college kids just waiting for a pay day in the Pro"s. My hats off to Matt Barkley a role model to all 
future college players in any sport. He will go Pro and have a great future NFL career. He realizes that you only get one more
shot for your 4th year @ USC and like he said he has some "unfinished business". Too bad Matt Kalil will not be along for the ride
hopefully to a National Championship. How can you not pull for a kid like this even if you are not a USC fan. Good Luck Matt !!!



Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

...did you seriously just compare black athletes to monkeys? Like I said, don't post that $hit here. No one wants to hear it and youre really pissing me off.

Tomlin and Smith hired the people who will get the job done because they are smart. People are smart based on whether they are smart or not, not white or black.

And in the NFL you have to be smart at every position. LB's and DB's have to read offenses. Linemen have to read linemen. I would argue that you dont have to be smart to be a kicker. There are little to no black kickers in the NFL...does that make white people dumb?



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

Ah Jose, such an ignorant racist. I'm sure you think three-toothed rednecks whose parents were cousins are the height of noble intelligence. And no white's exhibit 'look at me' attitudes, I mean that's why you don't see any of them embarrasing themselves on reality TV.

Seriously, what is the root of your racist ignorance, were you beat out for all your high schoolsports teams by more talented black people? Were you dropped on your head often as a child? Were you raped by your brilliant white coach, priest or boy scout leader? Please pray tell what is the root of your ginorant racism? 



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

Of course Tomlin and Smith hired those assistants.  The don't want an all black coachiing staff.  C'mon man.  Our president is black but I respect him because he is educated.  Not like these "Ghetto" black athletes who leave school early and pound their chest like monkeys.  At least Obama is literate and humble not loud and arrogant with the "look at me" attitude.



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Matt Barkley skips NFL Draft, returning to USC

AWESOME, This guy is going to be special. There is no way I would go back to school when I could go to the NFL. I don't like USC at all, but I will be rooting for this kid next year.


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