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.
Sark: “If we were playing a game today, Cody would be our QB.” Said Cody had his best practice of spring
— Rich Hammond (@RegisterUSC) April 16, 2014
Sark said that Kessler probably had his best day today. Also the competition will continue in the fall, but Kessler the starter for now.
— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) April 16, 2014
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.