Biggest impact players for USC: No. 3, QB Cody Kessler

During his first spring practice as USC's head coach, Steve Sarkisian decided every position was open, including the quarterback position. Since then, Cody Kessler won the competition going away. As the incumbent, Kessler certainly had the upper hand over his younger counterparts, Max Browne and Jalen Greene. It was a new offense to everyone involved, but the experience of being...
Via Fox Sports West
1 day ago  |  Discuss

USC's goal: Get back to normal under Sarkisian

LOS ANGELES (AP) Cody Kessler's head has finally stopped spinning after a Southern California season featuring four head coaches, interminable drama and - somehow - 10 victories. The quarterback is hoping for a return to normalcy for the Trojans this fall under new coach Steve Sarkisian. Even after four seasons of Lane Kiffin, title contention is still the norm at USC. Sarkisian...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

How USC QB Cody Kessler ranks among Pac-12's best

The Pac-12 is loaded with quarterbacks from top to bottom in 2014. Here's a comparison of what two did in conference games last season. Quarterback A played in all nine conference games in 2013, throwing for 1,926 yards, 12 touchdowns, four interceptions, and had a pass efficiency rating of 148.7. Quarterback B also played in nine conference games in 2013. This quarterback threw...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 USC Trojans Season Preview: Predicting Wins and Losses

The 2013 season for the USC Trojans was a chaotic one to say the least. The Trojans had three different head coaches over the course of the season last year. Head Coach Lane Kiffin began the year as the coach before being fired midseason after a disappointing start. The Trojans then named Ed Orgeron their interim coach for the rest of the regular season.After weeks of trying to determine...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

USC Football Reporter Crafts The Most Ridiculous Narrative Ever

There’s reaching for a narrative, then there’s REACHING FOR THE STARS for a narrative. Michael Lev, of the Orange County Register, opted for the latter. #USC QB Cody Kessler reluctant to take a selfie here at Pac-12 Media Days. Gotta think that’s symbolic. He knows it’s not all about him. — Michael Lev (@MichaelJLev) July 23, 2014 Deadspin acted quickly. Lev responded…...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

USC offense struggles in redzone during Spring Game

LOS ANGELES -- Members of the USC offense can't say they didn't have their chances during Saturday's Spring Game at the Coliseum. On the first drive of the game, the first team offense led by quarterback Cody Kessler got down to the one-yard line. But the door was slammed shut by the defense and linebacker Hayes Pullard, who stopped a third-and-goal run play in its tracks...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Cody Kessler named USC's starting quarterback

Cody Kessler, who led USC to 10 victories last season, was named the Trojans' starting quarterback, Coach Steve Sarkisian announced Tuesday. Kessler, a fourth-year junior from Bakersfield, held off a challenge from redshirt freshman Max Browne. Kessler passed for 20 touchdowns, with seven interceptions, last season. He finished the season with four touchdown passes in the Trojans’...
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April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Cody Kessler Named USC's Starting QB for 2014

There’s little doubt quarterback competitions are the position battle scrutinized the most in preseason practices. However, at USC, the...
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April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Cody Kessler named USC's starting quarterback

Steve Sarkisian allowed it to marinate. Last Thursday, he had a "feeling" on who his starting quarterback would be. By Tuesday, he was ready to start cooking. The first year USC head coach made it official following spring practice No. 13 for USC Tuesday evening, announcing Cody Kessler as his starting quarterback. "If we were starting a game Saturday, Cody would be...
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April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Sark: Cody Kessler is still USC's starting QB

LOS ANGELES (AP) Cody Kessler is still Southern California's starting quarterback after holding off a challenge from Max Browne during the Trojans' spring workouts.
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

USC starting QB could be named soon

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...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cody Kessler beginning to separate in USC QB battle

There is beginning to be some separation at the quarterback position for USC. Cody Kessler, the incumbent, and redshirt freshman Max Browne are in a battle to determine who will be the team's signal caller in 2014 under first year head coach Steve Sarkisian. Six practices in, it's Kessler who appears unwilling to relinquish his hold as the Trojans starter. "Cody'...
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March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

USC's Max Browne facing uphill climb in QB battle

USC head coach Steve Sarkisian has allowed Max Browne to get back in his element. Sarkisian brings with him an offense that places quarterbacks primarily in the shotgun. For Browne, that's right up his alley. On his way to becoming the No. 1 quarterback in the country at Washington Skyline high school, the redshirt freshman did so primarily out of the shotgun. Surveying the field...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

USC's Cody Kessler: 'I'm competing against guys across the country'

Competition never ends for Cody Kessler.  It was like that when he earned honors on the basketball court and football field at Bakersfield Centennial High School.  It was like that from the moment he stepped onto the USC campus in 2011.  Kessler started all 14 games for USC last season and guided the team to 10 wins including a signature victory at the Coliseum over then-No. 4...
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March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

USC Football: Getting to know Jalen Greene

As far as USC football is concerned, all we’ve been hearing about lately is the quarterback competition between Cody Kessler and Max Browne. But there’s another quarterback on USC’s roster that doesn’t get talked about too often– 3-star freshman QB, Jalen Greene. Jalen Greene enrolled at USC in the spring of 2014 after graduating a semester early from Serra High School–...
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

USC Football: Quarterback competition has begun

Last year during spring football, three quarterbacks were competing for the starting role– Cody Kessler, Max Wittek and Max Browne. Max Browne during Spring Football practice in 2013. (Photo Credit: This spring, the competition is down to two after Max Wittek decided he would transfer out of USC. During the quarterback competition last season, former head coach...
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The case for quarterback: Kessler vs. Browne

USC coach Steve Sarkisian says the quarterback competition is an open one. But is it really? After one week of practice, redshirt junior Cody Kessler took the majority of first-team reps. Max Browne, the challenger. Will Browne be able to knock off the ten-win returning starter?
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

USC quarterback Max Browne tries to work himself into starter equation

Max Browne worked out the calculations long before he arrived at USC. Cody Kessler and Max Wittek would be third-year sophomore quarterbacks, with three seasons of eligibility remaining, when Browne enrolled in January 2013. Browne correctly surmised only one of the two would be around for the 2014 season. In January, after Kessler started every game and led the Trojans to a 10...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Kessler, 'This is my job'

USC redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler led the Trojans in a voluntary throwing session Wednesday on Cromwell Field. He then discussed with Scout the installation of Sarkisian's new offense and the upcoming quarterback battle...
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Max Wittek: Visit to Texas was awesome

Max Wittek was once one of the top college football prospects in the country, but after losing the USC starting quarterback job to Cody Kessler, he decided to transfer. Texas is one of the schools looking at him, and it sounds like things went quite well on his visit there over the weekend. “Everything about […]
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

QB Max Wittek Will Transfer from USC

With Cody Kessler entrenched as the starter, and Max Browne expected to push for playing time this spring, Max Wittek was the odd man out in the USC...
Via Athlon Sports
January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

QB Max Wittek to transfer from USC

USC quarterback Max Wittek will forgo participating in spring practice, graduate at the end of the semester and transfer to another school to play his final two seasons of eligibility, he said Wednesday. Wittek, a fourth-year junior, will be able to play at another school immediately under NCAA rules that allow players who have graduated to transfer without penalty. Wittek said he...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Max Wittek To Transfer From USC

Former USC and Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Ca) quarterback Max Wittek will transfer at the end of the semester in order to use his final two seasons of eligibility,this according to the LA Times. Wittek lost his job in the spring after a more than lackluster end of the year as well. Wittek started versus Notre Dame and Georgia Tech and did not impress at, the Sun Bowl loss versus Georgia...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

USC Football: Ricky Town and the quarterbacks

Note: Quarterback Max Wittek ended up announcing he would transfer after this article was written. With a little over a week to go before the 2014 National Signing Day, USC got a big commit— for the 2015 class. He may have committed a year before the deadline, but the 5-star quarterback was not the first. Way back in 2010, Lane Kiffin got then-13-year-old David Sills’ commitment...
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

10 is the magic number for USC

LAS VEGAS -- USC came to Sin City locked and loaded with the Power of Ten. No Coach O, no problem. Sure, when the No. 25 Trojans entered Sam Boyd Stadium to take on No. 20 Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl, they were playing for their most recent former coach, Ed Orgeron. They were also playing for something much greater than that -- their 10th win. The win came easier than expected...
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December 21, 2013  |  Discuss
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