Barkley deserves standing ovation

No matter what his decision is, Trojans Nation owes its quarterback praise

Updated: December 4, 2011, 7:07 PM ET
By Greg Katz |
LOS ANGELES -- We don't profess to actually know whether USC Trojans junior quarterback Matt Barkley is going to turn pro or return for one more season. But with the extraordinary leadership skills he showed during his season-ending performance, he has more than earned the right to follow his heart wherever that decision may take him.

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Stephen Dunn/Getty ImagesMatt Leinart's decision to come back for his senior year in 2005 was a source of stress, as Leinart was practically a celebrity on campus.
None of the recent USC superstar quarterbacks -- not Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, John David Booty, or Mark Sanchez -- had to deal with the type of trauma that Reggie Bush and the NCAA left on the doorsteps of Heritage Hall for Barkley. Barkley's ability to keep not only his team, but also the program, from sinking into despair is nothing short of remarkable.

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