The accolades keep pouring in for USC quarterback Cody Kessler, who was voted the Capital One Cup Impact Performer of the Week Thursday after his impressive outing versus the Fresno State Bulldogs on opening weekend.
Kessler went 25-of-37 for 394 yards and four passing touchdowns, with 30 yard and a rushing touchdown, in the Trojans’ 52-13 victory. The touchdowns tied his career-high which he set against Fresno State in 2013’s Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, while the completions and yardage totals set new records for his career.
Now in his second year as a starter, Kessler demonstrated a keen understanding of Steve Sarkisian’s newly implemented offense and spread the ball around the field with ease. He hit ten different receivers on the evening, including true freshman standouts like JuJu Smith and Adoree’ Jackson.
The redshirt sophomore beat out North Dakota State’s John Crockett, who rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns against Iowa State, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott who threw for 284 yards and four touchdowns against Southern Miss., and Florida State’s Rashad Greene who totaled 11 receptions and 203 receiving yards against Oklahoma State.
Earlier this week, Kessler earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the second time in his career. The first was last year following his performance in USC’s upset over Stanford.
Kessler and the Trojans face stiffer competition this coming Saturday when they head up to Palo Alto to take on the aforementioned Stanford Cardinal.