September 7, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (6) passes under pressure against the Washington State Cougars during the first half at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Lane Kiffin Names Cody Kessler as USC's Starting Quarterback

USC announced through social media today that Cody Kessler is officially the starting quarterback for the Trojans.

The off-season battle between Kessler and Max Wittek spilled into the first two games of the season with less than favorable results as both quarterbacks struggled to make an impact in the opener and were completely ineffective in USC’s 10-7 upset loss to Washington State.

Kessler was announced as the starter before the game on Saturday, but after a going 8 of 13 passing with just 41 yards and a costly interception returned for a touchdown, the redshirt sophomore was replaced by Wittek at the half.

Wittek didn’t fare much better, throwing for 13 total yards and an interception.

The announcement today presumably puts the quarterback battle to bed, as Kessler has officially started every game already, but the impotent USC offense still has a long way to go before Kessler will feel safe in his position. His best moments have come from plays that look foreign to Kiffin’s game plan – a downfield 19-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor in the Hawaii game and his rushing touchdown on a goal line roll out against Washington State.

Kiffin released a video on youtube explaining the decision and the offense in general.

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