Posted March 05, 2013 on
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With four new assistant coaches and no starting quarterback, Southern California has started work on erasing memories of last season's disappointment.
The Trojans held their first spring practice Tuesday night, going through drills under new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and offensive coordinator Clay Helton. Lane Kiffin revamped his staff in hopes of fixing a team that went 7-6 last season and lost the Sun Bowl despite a talented roster and a preseason No. 1 ranking.
Kiffin doesn't expect to choose a successor to four-year starting quarterback Matt Barkley any time soon. Sophomores Max Wittek and Cody Kessler and incoming freshman Max Browne are competing to replace the most prolific passer in Pac-12 history.
USC also must learn an entirely new defense under Pendergast, who effectively replaced Monte Kiffin.
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Cody Kessler's most noteworthy play for USC came last season after the quarterback was told by coaches to wear a different jersey number on special teams in the first half against Colorado.
He was the backup to Max Wittek against Notre Dame and in the season-ending Sun Bowl loss to Georgia Tech, but he did not play.
So the third-year sophomore spent the last two months doing...
USC head coach Lane Kiffin spoke with the media following the Trojans first spring practice.
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USC kicks off spring practices on Tuesday. The spotlight of spring drills will be on the quarterback battle. Will Cody Kessler or Max Wittek take over for the departed Matt Barkley? Or... does freshman Max Browne win the job?
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