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USC's Matt Barkley delays NFL, will stay for senior year

December 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
USC Quarterback Matt Barkley will stay in college for his senior year and will not enter the NFL draft, he announced at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Barkley made the announcement shortly after 1 p.m. at Heritage Hall at USC.

After a shaky start to the 2011 NCAA season, Barkley led the Trojans to a 10-2 finish. The Trojans finished the season ranked No. 5 in the nation.

Barkley is a strong prospect for professional football, standing 6 feet 2 inches and weighing 220 pounds. He was widely expected to be in the top 10 choices if he had decided to enter the National Football League draft.