LOS ANGELES Before a ball was snapped or a pass was thrown during USCs spring game at the Coliseum on Saturday, Cody Kessler trotted out to midfield where he met his teammate, Hayes Pullard, and the officials.
Much to his surprise, Kessler was ordered by his head coach, Lane Kiffin, to go out and be the captain for the Cardinal team.
Kiffin was like go out there, Kessler recalled with a laugh. It wasnt planned or anything. I was standing next to him at the time and hes like 'just run out there and act like youre a captain.
He played it off well. The celebratory coin toss Kessler took part in actually took longer than his first possession under center on Saturday.
That took all of one play.
Kessler took the snap and found Marqise Lee behind the entire defense for a 70-yard score on the second offensive possession of the game.
Max Wittek got the start but Kessler certainly left an impression during the Trojans annual Spring Game in a 42-36 win for the Cardinal.