Matt Barkley: Reasons USC Quarterback Will Shrug off Senior Year and Thrive

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Matt Barkley: Reasons USC Quarterback Will Shrug off Senior Year and Thrive
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Matt Barkley returned to USC because he had unfinished business.

Twelve months later, that business remained unfinished.

After deciding to bypass the riches of the NFL draft to return to school, everyone expected Barkley to lead the Trojans to a national championship. His senior year turned out to be a nightmare. Barkley threw a career-high 15 interceptions and saw his completion percentage dip six points from his junior year.

The Trojans wound up losing six games, as Barkley went from top-10 pick to borderline first rounder. A late-season shoulder injury further complicated things, causing many draft experts to write off Barkley's pro potential.

Whether it be in the early first, late second or somewhere in between, some team is going to draft the former Trojans' star. Here's why the team that takes that chance will get a cornerstone quarterback.

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