Steve Sarkisian heaped praise on his quarterbacks in USC’s first day back on the practice field after spring break, noting the growing comfort with the overwhelming pace of play.
“Today, for the quarterback position in general, was our best day,” Sarkisian said during his appearance on Trojans Live Tuesday night.
Showing few signs of rust following the week off, Sarkisian praised redshirt junior incumbent Cody Kessler, redshirt freshman challenger Max Browne and dark horse early enrollee Jalen Greene for the increasing speed of their decision-making and their ability to manage the uptempo pace of the offense.
With an average of 120 plays to run through during practice, speed continues to be the focus in all areas, especially at quarterback, which is the position most responsible for keeping the tempo moving.
Sarkisian specifically called out Browne’s maturity and the growth he has witnessed in 2014.
“Max is maturing physically, his body is maturing, and mentally he’s a lot more confident,” Sarkisian said.
As for Kessler, the focus also shines on personal improvement, even as the younger quarterback nips on his heels.
“I’m still learning and I’m being smart about trying not to put to much on the competition,” Kessler said after practice.