Originally written on Fox Sports West
By RAHSHAUN HAYLOCK  |  Last updated 9/11/13
Cody Kessler left Lane Kiffin's office on Sunday with a new sense of independence. A new found freedom. "It felt like he gave me the keys to the car," Kessler said. "(Kiffin) gave me the starting spot and said it's yours." Kessler learned Sunday following USCs 10-7 loss to Washington State the he'd beaten out fellow redshirt sophomore Max Wittek to be the team's starting quarterback. Through two games, Kessler has completed 18-of-32 passes for 136 yards, with a touchdown, a rushing touchdown, and two interceptions. He's started the Trojans previous two games but the concept of winning was one that was lost in the quarterback competition. "It was tough to focus on a game (and) to win a game when you're still thinking you're competing for a spot," Kessler said. "I think I've been trying to be too perfect in a way and trying win the job more than win the game." He couldn't be himself. Everything was calculated. He was less sure of himself during the team's first two games. The ...
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