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Cody Kessler | Quarterback

Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (21) / 5/11/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215

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USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler is graded as a Rds. 6-7 prospect by TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
This is actually a promising ranking by the draft expert, as it asserts that Kessler is a better pro prospect than more lauded Pac-12 throwers Kevin Hogan (Stanford) and Taylor Kelly (Arizona State), both of whom Pauline graded as preseason UDFAs. Kessler took off when Lane Kiffin was booted to the curb and Ed Orgeron did away with the QB platoon that had Kessler sharing snaps with Max Wittek. Another step forward will draw the NFL's interest. Jul 8 - 9:46 PM

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USC redshirt sophomore QB Cody Kessler completed 14-of-17 attempts for 170 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions in Saturday's 62-28 demolition of Cal.

In five games under Lane Kiffin, USC went 3-2 and Kessler posted a 6/4 TD/INT ratio. In five games under Ed Orgeron, the Trojans are 4-1 and Kessler has posted a 6/2 TD/INT ratio. Kessler has completed more than 65-percent of his passes in three consecutive games.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 08:03:00 PM

USC redshirt sophomore QB Cody Kessler completed 15 of 30 attempts for 297 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions in Thursday's 38-31 victory over Arizona.

Kessler sure didn't seem to miss Lane Kiffin, who often used to rotate in Max Wittek, and rewarded Ed Orgeron with his first win as Trojan head coach. Kessler was aided tonight by a six-headed (if you include Kessler himself, who ripped off a 34-yard run) rushing attack that accumulated 249 yards on the ground. The sophomore signal caller threw touchdowns of 62 and 63 yards in the first quarter and then spent most of the rest of the game handing off.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 02:04:00 AM

USC redshirt sophomore QB Cody Kessler completed 15 of 17 attempts for 237 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-7 win over Boston College.

Lane Kiffin has rotated Kessler and Max Wittek all season, but the former appears to have locked up the starting spot moving forward. Kiffin did put Wittek in the ball game during the fourth quarter, which we don't understand, but Kessler will almost certainly start next week's game against Utah State.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 06:31:00 PM

USC head coach Lane Kiffin has named redshirt sophomore Cody Kessler his starting QB, again.

We don't understand why a head coach has to name a starter after that player has already started the first two games of the season. Kessler has shown limited passing ability thus far, but competitor Max Wittek has displayed poor accuracy at multiple levels. USC fans might want freshman Max Browne to start, but Kiffin wants to redshirt the passer. We aren't sure if Kiffin sticks around to see him play.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 04:21:00 PM

USC head coach Lane Kiffin will inform QBs Cody Kessler and Max Wittek on Monday who will start this weekend's game against Boston College.

Kiffin then plans on announcing the decision to the media, which is very uncharacteristic of the private head coach. Neither quarterback has separated themselves after two games, which is disheartening. Junior receiver Marqise Lee started with a fairly poor performance thanks to drops, but he and Nelson Agholor would benefit from consistency at the quarterback position.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 10:17:00 AM

USC beat writer Scott Wolf reports redshirt sophomore Cody Kessler will start at QB for the Trojans against Washington State.

Head coach Lane Kiffin had been trying to keep the announcement a secret, but that appears to not be the case. Kessler started very slow against Hawaii, failing to get proper timing with his drops and with the school's receiver. Many of his targets were in the short to intermediate levels. Max Wittek then entered the game and went on to test further downfield.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 02:00:00 PM

USC starting redshirt sophomore QB Cody Kessler threw for only 90 yards, one touchdown, and one interception on 10 completions.

Kessler's struggles were obvious, as he failed to handle the proper timing in Lane Kiffin's offense and bobbled multiple snaps. Kiffin then inserted fellow redshirt sophomore Max Wittek to close out the game. "Neither of them separated themselves, and we didn't help them very much," Kiffin said, citing drops, penalties and a fumble. "We didn't help them, and obviously that falls on me." The Trojans have weapons, but poor quarterback play could hold them back.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 10:17:00 AM

Redshirt sophomore QB Cody Kessler will draw the start against Hawaii on Thursday night.

Head coach Lane Kiffin stated earlier in the week he had decided on a starter, but refused to announce the name at that time. Kessler has had a slight lead on fellow redshirt sophomore Max Wittek for the last few weeks despite Wittek being the one who took over for an injured Matt Barkley last season. Kessler has some weapons to work with, namely Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 08:48:00 PM

USC head coach Lane Kiffin has picked a starting QB, but will not disclose the information until the Trojans face Hawaii.

The position battle has involved redshirt sophomores Cody Kessler and Max Wittek. The former appears to have the slight edge, at least according to beat writers, while the latter took over for an injured Matt Barkley last season. Wittek has a huge downfield arm with varying accuracy, but Kessler is a bit of an unknown commodity.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 08:39:00 AM

USC head coach Lane Kiffin admitted he isn't sure how the team will use two quarterbacks in the opener against Hawaii.

Kiffin remained non-committal when deciding between redshirt sophomores Cody Kessler and Max Wittek, listing the duo as "co-starters" on the most recent depth chart. We don't think Kiffin has a history of playing two quarterbacks and beat writers have noted Kessler seemingly has the edge, so the Trojans could stick with one passer against the Warriors.
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 10:11:00 AM

USC has listed redshirt sophomores Cody Kessler and Max Wittek as co-starting QBs.

The Trojans' coaching staff likely has an idea who will start the season opener against Hawaii, but they aren't showing their hand. Beat writers have unanimously said Kessler appears to have a slight edge on the job, but Wittek looked better in a recent scrimmage.
Source: LA Times
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 03:15:00 PM

USC redshirt sophomore QB Cody Kessler threw two touchdowns and two interceptions during the school's mock game on Wednesday.

Kessler also completed 13-of-22 attempts for 218 yards. His competition, fellow redshirt sophomore Max Wittek, converted 15-of-20 passes for 213 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Kessler, by all accounts, had the lead in the quarterback race, but it is too close to call right now. Star receiver Marqise Lee said he is just as "lost" as the media is, in regards to the quarterback competition.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 09:30:00 AM

Redshirt sophomore Cody Kessler took the majority of first-team reps during USC's scrimmage on Sunday.

It is obvious Kessler has all the momentum right now. Max Wittek took over for an injured Matt Barkley last season and sports an outstanding downfield arm, but his placement suffers at multiple levels. Kessler has very little on-field experience since joining the Trojans, but has reportedly looked good in practice.
Tue, Aug 20, 2013 09:40:00 AM

USC redshirt sophomore QB Cody Kessler has a slight edge over redshirt sophomore Max Wittek for the starting job, according to ESPN's Travis Haney.

The team is having a scrimmage on Friday, and Haney calls it a "big" moment for both quarterbacks. Wittek was the one who took over for an injured Matt Barkley last season, displaying a huge arm but inconsistent placement. Kessler, on the other hand, has only attempted two passes during his career with the Trojans. The team still has plenty of offensive weapons.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 02:56:00 PM