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PLAYERS: Lane Kiffin
Coach Kiffin talking to his quarterback Max Wittek (Photo by AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) When former USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley went down to an injury this past season, a lot of cardinal and gold fans wanted to see what the future held for the quarterbacks in waiting. In came in Max Wittek and threw for 388 yards, 2 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and 3 sacks for the season. It was a performance many fans were left scratching their heads as to how the future will bode for USC. Then the Trojans got lucky when 5-star recruit Max Browne sign his letter of intent to join USC and enrolled early in the spring to get a jump start on the competition. He was the top rated quarterback of his class and had the allure of being the next true freshman to start at QB for the men of Troy. USC headed into the offseason with three potential starting quarterbacks to fill in behind a long legacy of top-caliber quarterbacks. For a period head coach Lane Kiffin said all three quarterbacks had a chance at wining the starting role on the team. It wasn’t until recently when coach Kiffin informed the media the battle is down to two. Although Browne has put in the work and shown he is capable of starting, Kiffin felt the two other quarterbacks have been in his system for a couple of years now and are more prepared. The competition is down to Max Wittek, the most experienced of the three, and Cody Kessler, the fan favorite. Wittek posses a stronger arm then his opponent and stands 6-foot-4 to Kesslers 6-foot-1. Although Kessler is not as athletically talented as Wittek, he has not been fazed and showed the right poise to command the huddle. Kessler got the call last week to run with the first team during a scrimmage in the Coliseum and Wittek will most likely look to get the nod on the second go around. Reports are coming out that both quarterbacks are keeping it close so all eyes will be on who makes the biggest mistake first. Like the football saying goes “the backup quarterback is always the favorite guy on the team.” For whatever quarterback come out on top, they will be sure to get a lot of flak from fans unless they are able to deliver wins to their team.

USC walk-on makes sick catch around defender

The USC preseason is in full effect, and no matter who will be manning the quarterback position it looks like there will be another bevy of talent at the wide receiver position. The latest to be spotlighted is Aaron Minor who may not even be playing when the season starts, but this catch by the Mayfair High School alumni won’t hurt his chances at maintaining his solid preferred...

Kiffin: USC's QB spot still up for grabs

LOS ANGELES -- The first time USC stepped into the Coliseum for a scrimmage this camp, Cody Kessler got the start and the majority of the first team reps. USC head coach Lane Kiffin said the next time his team entered the Coliseum for a scrimmage, the start would go to Max Wittek. True to his word, Kiffin gave Wittek the start Friday for scrimmage No. 2. It could have been to the...

VIDEO: Lane Kiffin, post scrimmage

USC head coach Lane Kiffin discusses scrimmage No. 2 of Trojan fall camp.

College Football's Top 25 Wide Receiving Corps for 2013

USC is limited on scholarships due to NCAA sanctions, but coach Lane Kiffin didn’t take any shortcuts on his receiving corps. The Trojans have...

VIDEO: Lane Kiffin, 8-14-13

USC head coach Lane Kiffin discusses Wednesday's two practices following the evening session...

USC Walk-on Makes Highlight Reel Catch

When you are just plain starving to watch some college football, any highlight action from fall camp is enough to tease. Sometime, though, you get a gem like this one from USC walk-on receiver Aaron Minor. It’s hard to believe the Trojans will need a non-scholarship receiver, but coach Lane Kiffin shouldn’t overlook Minor because all of that Blue Chip talent in Los Angeles...

Injuries mount in physical USC camp

LOS ANGELES -- The yellow jersey Cody Kessler wears during USC practices provides him some security -- he can't be touched. The defacto sacks against the Trojans quarterback are nothing more than slaps on the back. He knows that'll be different if he were playing in a real game, but for now, he's very grateful for the yellow jersey. "I'm kind of glad we'...

USC freshman LB is a quick study

LOS ANGELES -- Michael Hutchings landed at USC after coming from from one of the country's most recognizable high school programs, Concord De La Salle. Since stepping on campus he's received nothing but high marks. He drew laughs from his teammates during the rookie talent show earlier in fall camp for a skit he did with fellow linebacker Hayes Pullard. "It'...

No. 27 USC Trojans season preview

No. 27 USC Trojans (7-6) Coach Lane Kiffin (fourth season, 25-13 at USC, 32-19 overall)Returning Starters: 16, 8 offense, 7 defense, 1 special teamsRecruiting Rank: 13Strength of Schedule: 25 The USC Trojans lost quarterback Matt Barkley to the NFL, but return enough to contend in the Pac-12 South. Southern California brings back 16 starters and the Trojans look to improve off...

Vainuku on effect of low numbers at camp

USC fullback Soma Vainuku discusses the effect injuries have had on the Trojans' Fall Camp.

Shelton talks learning from other USC corners

USC cornerback Devian Shelton discusses learning from older players in his position group as well as his performance in the Trojans' second scrimmage of Fall Camp.

Rodgers talks transition to college ball

USC offensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers recaps his first Fall Camp at USC.

The Playbook Blitz, 8-15-13

The Playbook Blitz -- Dion Bailey injury update, 20 players out for USC, Marqise Lee returns, scrimmage Friday...

Podcast: What to watch this season with Matt Zemek

CLICK HERE to download. With the 2013 college football season right around the corner, Matt Zemek of College Football News joins CBR's Allen Kenney for a podcast to discuss some of the most compelling stories that they'll be watching this year. Matt and Allen touch on: *The new targeting rules; *Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota; *Lane Kiffin's future...
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