USC quarterback Matt Barkley surprised the country by returning for his senior season, saying his journey as a Trojan quarterback is not complete.
Barkley's decision not only inserts Southern Cal into the title race for next season, it puts himself in prime position to take the Heisman Trophy back to L.A.
There are a few candidates that will challenge the USC captain for the trophy in 2012. Montee Ball of Wisconsin and Tyrann Mathieu of LSU will most likely be heading back to New York City after coming in the top five in voting this season.
Barkley had the unfortunate experience of playing with Andrew Luck, another Heisman finalist, in the Pac-12 the past few seasons. Going into the 2011-2012 season, Luck was proclaimed the obvious front-runner for the Heisman by many people. As Luck came into the season on cloud nine, not many people knew Barkley's potential.
Now that Luck is gone and Barkley showed what he can do, the national spotlight will be on Matt Barkley next season.
Here are five reasons why the Trojans quarterback will win the Heisman in 2012.