LOS ANGELES -- Steve Sarkisian is nearing a decision.
After the Trojans wrapped up practice 10 of 15 of the spring on Tuesday, USC's first-year head football coach announced that he could name a starting quarterback by the end of spring practices.
"I would suspect we'll do it before the end of spring," Sarkisian said of naming a starting quarterback. "When I have a pretty good feeling of it, I'm going to let it sit for a little bit. I feel like that's always been a good way to go about it and just, maybe, watch for a little bit as if it were that way and what it feels like."
The news comes on what Sarkisian called a "hard day" for the quarterbacks. For the first time, the offense worked on operating under a silent count and had their struggles with it, in addition to being dominated by the defense and not allowing any quarterback to have a good showing.
The favorite is Cody Kessler, a returning starter who started all 14 games for USC last season. Kessler is being pushed by heralded...