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2012 NFL Draft: If Matt Barkley Decides To Return, Several USC & Pac-12 Records In Play

Matt Barkley will announce his decision on whether to return to the USC Trojans for his senior season or enter the 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday at 1 p.m. PST at Heritage Hall. Should Barkley decide to return, he has a chance to set virtually every passing record in school history.

Ralph Drusso of the Associated Press pontificated that a USC squad with Barkley at the helm would be in the top four of the AP preseason poll, along with Oregon, LSU, and Alabama. Barkley would have a chance to play in a bowl game after the last two years without postseason play. In addition, Barkley could make his mark in the USC record book.

USC Career Passing Yards

  1. Carson Palmer 11,818
  2. Matt Leinart 10,693
  3. Matt Barkley 9,054

Barkley needs 2,765 yards to pass Palmer

USC Career Passing Touchdowns

  1. Leinart 99
  2. Barkley 80
  3. Palmer 72

Barkley needs 20 touchdowns to set a new USC record, something he did in his last five games of 2011.

USC Career Completions

  1. Palmer 927
  2. Leinart 807
  3. Barkley 755

Barkley needs 173 completions to pass Palmer.

Should Barkley return and pass all three, he would also hold the Pac-12 Conference record as well.

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