HONOLULU (AP) -- Cody Kessler will start at quarterback for No. 24 Southern California in its opener against Hawaii.
USC's athletic department tweeted less than two hours before game time that Kessler would start Thursday night.
Kessler is expected to split time with fellow sophomore Max Wittek, who is more experienced with two starts for the Trojans at the end of last season.
Coach Lane Kiffin has been coy about who would begin the game, but said both would have an opportunity to prove against the Rainbow Warriors that they deserve the starting job.
Despite Wittek's strong arm and experience, Kessler showed himself to be more mobile and resourceful during the team's preseason.