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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 completed 24-of-32 passes for 261 and two touchdowns in a 35-10 thrashing of Oregon State on Saturday.
Kessler isn't going to beat you by himself, but he'll never give the game away. That trait will ultimately stamp his ticket to the NFL. Over the past two seasons, Kessler has an outstanding 37/10 TD/INT rate; this year, it's 10/0. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Kessler as the No. 7 quarterback in the 2015 class. "The Trojans will use plenty of quick throws at the line of scrimmage this season, but when asked to hold the ball and look at multiple receivers, Kessler does not get complacent with his feet and is not afraid to throw to gaps between defensive backs," Norris wrote. Sep 29 - 1:58 AM
Source: Rotoworld

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USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler completed 31-of-41 passes for 317 and four touchdowns in a 37-31 upset loss to Boston College on Saturday.

Kessler was also sacked five times. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks him as the No. 7 quarterback in the 2015 class. "The Trojans will use plenty of quick throws at the line of scrimmage this season, but when asked to hold the ball and look at multiple receivers, Kessler does not get complacent with his feet and is not afraid to throw to gaps between defensive backs," Norris wrote. Kessler has thrown only seven career interceptions; accuracy and avoiding crippling mistakes are not bad qualities for a long-term NFL backup to have.
Source: Rotoworld
Sep 14 - 9:44 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler completed 15-of-22 passes for 135 yards in a victory over Stanford on Saturday.

He didn't throw for a touchdown nor an interception. Last week, Steve Sarkisian allowed Kessler to throw 37 times for nearly 400 yards. This time, USC decided to beat Stanford at its own game, running 37 times and displaying more physicality. Kessler isn't an elite pro prospect, but if he keeps playing this way, he's going to be a late-round target for a team looking to groom a long-term backup. He's thrown only seven career interceptions, something the NFL will love.
Sep 6 - 7:12 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler received an injection in his toe prior to the school's game against Fresno State, according to beat writer Scott Wolf.

This confirms Kessler has been dealing with the staph infection, which he had a minor operation for in the last few days, since the beginning of the season. Whatever the team did to prepare Kessler for the game against the Bulldogs worked. Kessler is not a great prospect, but he has enough skill to likely be drafted whenever he does enter the draft.
Source: Inside USC
Sep 3 - 10:02 AM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler did not practice on Tuesday after undergoing toe surgery to fix a case of staph infection, according to Inside USC's Scott Wolf.

Kessler told reporters the injury was minor and he will return on Wednesday. Some pointed out the quarterback was walking gingerly through the tunnel after the school beat Fresno State 52-13. Kessler looked pretty impressive and continued his improvements that began during the second half of last season.
Source: Inside USC
Sep 2 - 2:30 PM

After studying Trojans tape, ESPN's Kevin Weidl likes USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler's "poise and feel in pocket getting through progressions."

"Kessler still has a few things to clean up with accuracy and decision making. But like his poise and feel in pocket getting through progressions," Weidl tweeted. Kessler completed 25-of-37 passes for 394 yards and four touchdowns and didn't throw an interception, while adding 28 yards on the ground and a score against Fresno State. Last season, the Trojans prospect threw for 2,968 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions, if he continues to play within HC Steve Sarkisian's system he could be headed for a huge year.
Sep 2 - 11:02 AM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler completed 25-of-37 passes for 394 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday night's 52-13 romp over Fresno State.

Kessler, who didn't throw an interception, added 28 yards and a touchdown on the ground. In new HC Steve Sarkisian's up-tempo shotgun offense (the Trojans ran a school- and Pac-12-record 105 plays), Kessler could be in line for a monster season. Kessler isn't an elite prospect -- he goes 6-foot-1, 210 pounds and doesn't possess a howitzer -- but he's the type of efficient collegiate signal-caller that can put up video game numbers in the right system and forge a long NFL career as a steady backup (TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded him as a Rds. 6-7 prospect last month). He threw for 2,968 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions last season, and is poised for more in 2014.
Aug 31 - 6:26 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler praised new HC Steve Sarkisian's up-tempo shotgun offense.

"It gave us an advantage," Kessler said in regards to facing the Trojans' defense. "It helps me out a lot more, too." During his first season as the school's starting quarterback, Kessler threw for 2,968 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Kessler is not necessarily a good prospect, but we think he deserves a bit more attention and praise. He is not afraid to throw across the middle, even when pressured.
Aug 27 - 10:58 AM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler avoided a serious injury during a scrimmage on Wednesday.

Greg Townsend Jr. was blocked into Kessler’s left knee, with the Orange County Register writing that the QB's "foot slipped out from underneath the 275-pound defensive end’s body just in time." Good thing, that, as an injury could have altered USC's fortunes this fall for the worse. "I wouldn’t say I was in shock, but it freaked me out," Kessler said. "I was thinking, ‘Oh man, I just almost lost my knee. It was more of a frightened, scared feeling as much as anything. You never think it’s going to happen to you. … It was that close to happening." Kessler was recently graded as a Rds. 6-7 prospect by TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
Aug 18 - 12:52 AM

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

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