Report: Matt Barkley Tells Teammates That He Will Return To USC For Senior Season

Friday December 23rd, 2011

Pete Thamel of the New York Times is reporting that USC starting quarterback Matt Barkley will announce today that he will return for his senior season.

[tweet align='center']

Barkley is scheduled to hold a press conference at 4 p.m. to formally announce his decision on whether he will enter the NFL Draft. It was believed that if the 21-year-old quarterback left school he would have been a top-10 pick in the draft. Entering the 2013 NFL Draft instead would make him the early favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick.

This year Barkley led the USC Trojans to a 10-2 record, including a 7-2 mark  in the Pac-12. As a result of NCAA sanctions, the Trojans were not eligible for postseason play, which means despite defeating UCLA 50-0 in their final game of the season, they were forced to watch as the Bruins represented the Pac-12 South in the conference title game.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.