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It was Christmas early for USC when Matt Barkley announce he is returning to USC for his senior season. With Barkley’s announcement, USC will be a top 5 team to start the season in all football polls.
Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and now Matt Barkley. USC’s recent tradition of quarterbacks sticking around for their senior season continued on Thursday with Matt Barkley’s announcement that he will return for one more year in Los Angeles.
After throwing for 3,528 yards and 39 touchdowns, there was a lot of doubt that Barkley would return for another season. However, the opportunity to contend for a national title was too much to pass up. Barkley was expected to be the No. 2 quarterback in the 2012 draft, but could move to the top of the wishlist for teams wishing to draft a signal-caller in 2013.
Barkley’s decision to return to the Trojans is huge for their national championship hopes. USC’s two-year bowl ban is over and with most of its core returning, this may be the Trojans best shot at winning a title until the scholarship reductions are over. USC didn’t make it through the offseason without a few departures to the NFL, as offensive tackle Matt Kalil and defensive end Nick Perry will enter the draft.
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By Mike Lopresti, Gannett By Mike Lopresti By Jason Redmond, AP Young USC fans show their appreciation after Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley announced that he will play his senior year for the Trojans. By Jason Redmond, AP Young USC fans …
Matt Barkley Gives USC The Best Gift Of All Much of that can be attributed to the play of junior quarterback Matt Barkley, who threw for 39 touchdowns and only seven interceptions, with a 69.1% completion percentage, in 2011, leading USC to a 10-2 record