Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 12/17/14
LAS VEGAS -- USC quarterback Cody Kessler and Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr are really good friends and both hail from Bakersfield. They two are both fans of one another and when they sat at the podium Friday morning for the final Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl press conference before Saturday's 12:30 p.m. kickoff, Carr expressed how highly he thought of his pal. "I think (USC has) the best quarterback around in Cody," Carr said. "He's a star in the making. He's a great player." The Fresno State quarterback didn'€™t stop there throwing praise at his buddy.   "One day he'll be a first-round pick," Carr said of Kessler. "He works hard. He has the talent and it means something to him." Hearing his friend utter those words, Kessler took the compliment to heart. "I have a lot of respect for him," Kessler said of Carr. "It means a lot to me." Kessler's admiration for Carr began when he was just a sophomore playing varsity football at Bakersfield's Centennial High School, and Carr was t...
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