2012 Heisman Candidates That Will Be Affected by Matt Barkley Staying at USC

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2012 Heisman Candidates That Will Be Affected by Matt Barkley Staying at USC
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USC QB Matt Barkley will enter the 2012 season as the consensus Heisman favorite

When USC QB Matt Barkley announced yesterday that he would be returning to Los Angeles for his senior season, it sent shock waves throughout the college football world.

Barkley is now set to become the face of college football for 2012, and he's going to assume Andrew Luck's role as the most talked about player in the sport this offseason.

I’ve already said that I think it’s a great decision by Barkley to return for his senior year. However, there are some other high-profile 2012 Heisman candidates who probably won’t appreciate it too much, since Barkley will now be the consensus favorite to win the award.

He'll also hog up most of the spotlight and attention throughout the spring and the summer.

Here’s a look at ten of the top 2012 Heisman candidates that could be pushed to the back burner now that Barkley is returning to USC.

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