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USC left tackle Matt Kalil declared for the NFL draft last week, but on Wednesday safety T.J. McDonald said he was returning for his senior year. Now with Barkley, the Trojans are loaded and likely one of the front-runners to win next year’s national title.

Barkley also will enter next season as the leading contender for the Heisman Trophy _ much the way Luck did when he made a similar decision after the 2010 season _ and can firm up his place as one of the best quarterbacks in the history of a program filled with great ones.

“I think looking at the team that we have there is that chance,” Barkley said of playing in a BCS game next season. “We’re on the rise and like I said in my (opening) statements, I feel like there is unfinished business.”


John Marshall reported from Phoenix.