USC Matt Barkley will stay in school for his senior season

One more year at USC for Barkley

12/22/11 in NCAAF   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Today, Matt Barkley announced that he'll stay in school to play quarterback at USC in his senior year.

Barkley was widely considered a potential top 10 draft pick, and is thought to be the 2nd best QB available, behind Stanford's Andrew Luck.

Barkley's decision might remind some of another great Trojans QB who stayed for his senior season. Matt Leinart, who would have almost certainly been taken with the #1 overall pick in 2005, stayed in school and was later taken with the 10th pick of the 2006 Draft.

Most would say that Leinart's decision was the wrong one. He didn't win the Heisman, he didn't win the National Championship, his draft stock dropped, and now his NFL career has been a disappointment.

On the other hand, there was a guy named Peyton Manning who played 4 years at Tennessee, and he has had a pretty solid NFL career.

Did Barkley make the right choice? Or should he have taken his chances and gone pro this year? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
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12/25/11   |   Burrellfan1   |   25088 respect

LACavsFan wrote:
He made the right decision. He will win the Heisman next season and USC will play LSU in the championship game. After the way he was snubbed by Heisman voters this year, I would skip the ceremony next year if I were him. That way, when the winner is announced, he won't even be there. That would be a great way to get back at them!!

 The voters didn't do anything wrong.  I realize that Barkley didn't do anything to put USC on probation, but he decided to stick it out while USC was on probation.  Any player that is on a team with a bowl ban should not be winning the Heisman Trophy.

12/23/11   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Scott wrote:
This is vastly different then the Leinart decision back in 05.  Leinart had nothing to gain draft wise or collegiate wise by staying.  He was already a national champ and a Heisman winner and was most certainly going to be the #1 pick in the draft.  Barkley on the other hand can come back, compete for a Heisman, get his first real chance at a national title and more than likely put himself into the top spot on the draft board for 2013. 

Not only all that, but the money is significantly less now for a top pick than it was even a couple years ago.

12/23/11   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Scott wrote:
This is vastly different then the Leinart decision back in 05.  Leinart had nothing to gain draft wise or collegiate wise by staying.  He was already a national champ and a Heisman winner and was most certainly going to be the #1 pick in the draft.  Barkley on the other hand can come back, compete for a Heisman, get his first real chance at a national title and more than likely put himself into the top spot on the draft board for 2013. 

Don't USC Heisman winners just "rent" the trophy?  Swore some guy had to give his back

12/23/11   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Man, he really wants to play in a Bowl game

12/22/11   |   Scott   |   53008 respect

This is vastly different then the Leinart decision back in 05.  Leinart had nothing to gain draft wise or collegiate wise by staying.  He was already a national champ and a Heisman winner and was most certainly going to be the #1 pick in the draft.  Barkley on the other hand can come back, compete for a Heisman, get his first real chance at a national title and more than likely put himself into the top spot on the draft board for 2013. 

12/22/11   |   LACavsFan   |   106 respect

He made the right decision. He will win the Heisman next season and USC will play LSU in the championship game. After the way he was snubbed by Heisman voters this year, I would skip the ceremony next year if I were him. That way, when the winner is announced, he won't even be there. That would be a great way to get back at them!!

12/22/11   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

I think he should have stayed... USC could be a Top 2 team in 2012 and ever since the new CBA was put in effect the money for the top pick isn't what it used to be.  It's a scale that goes up something like 5% every year.

12/22/11   |   kteacher   |   34351 respect

 As a Trojan fan, I like this decision.