(LOS ANGELES) — Quarterback Matt Barkley will stay at USC for his senior season.
Barkley made the announcement Thursday at USC’s Heritage Hall.
“This 2012 team has some serious unfinished business to attend to and I plan to play a part in it,” Barkley said. “I have firmly decided to forgo the 2012 NFL draft and finish that.”
The announcement was followed by cheers and music from the school’s marching band.
Last season, Barkley threw for 3,528 yards to go along with 39 touchdown passes.
If Barkley had decided to enter the NFL Draft, he was expected to have been a top-10 pick.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN