Nov 16, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (6) celebrates after a 47-yard field goal by Andre Heidari (not pictured) with 19 seconds left against the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Stanford 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

USC Football: Steve Sarkisian Names Cody Kessler Starter


The announcement may have been anticlimactic, given the fact that all signs pointed in one direction, but Steve Sarkisian has officially named Cody Kessler as the starting quarterback of the USC Trojans after practice Tuesday.

Kessler’s advantage having played a full season as the starter in 2013 ultimately proved the difference between the redshirt junior and his redshirt freshman challenger Max Browne.

Browne was given the chance to unseat Kessler with what was perceived as a higher ceiling in terms of natural talent. His familiarity with Sarkisian’s offense, which was similar to the one he ran in high school, was also expected to keep things interesting.

Instead, Kessler continued the pattern of growth he exhibited during the regular season, impressing Sarkisian with his confidence and ability. Since a Sarkisian quarterback is expected to run the offense like a point guard in basketball, Kessler’s penchant for doing the simple things well helped him retain his place atop the depth chart.

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