USC quarterback Matt Barkley

USC quarterback Matt Barkley (7) hands off to running back Allen Bradford (21) against Arizona State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo / Matt York)

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.

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