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Cody Kessler | Quarterback

Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/11/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215

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NFL Media ranks USC redshirt senior QB Cody Kessler as the No. 11 offensive player in the country.
"The fifth-year veteran not only chose to stay in college instead of jumping to the NFL draft, but tried to convince the Trojans' top underclassmen to do the same," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "Look for Kessler to challenge for the Heisman, as long as the USC defense is improved enough to keep the team in Pac-12 contention." The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Kessler threw for 3,826 yards with a 39/5 TD/INT ratio last year. He wasn't picked off more than once in any game. May 23 - 6:45 PM
Source: NFL.com

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ESPN's Kyle Bonagura writes that USC redshirt senior QB Cody Kessler is the Pac-12's best Heisman candidate.

Bovada pegs Kessler at 12-to-1 odds to win the trophy, while Utah RB Devontae Booker, the conference's other obvious candidate, isn't even on the board at present moment. "Losing Nelson Agholor will hurt, but with arguably the nation's best offensive line in front of him and more-than-enough capable playmakers to get the ball to, he'll have the stats again to be in the mix," Bonagura wrote. "What it will come down to -- for any player, really -- is winning, which again tips the scales in Kessler's favor." Amongst Pac-12 candidates, Bovada also lists UCLA's Paul Perkins (20/1), Oregon's Royce Freeman (28/1), Arizona State's D.J. Foster (40/1), Arizona's Nick Wilson (40/1), Cal's Jared Goff (50/1) and Scooby Wright (66/1).
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 8:07 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris slotted USC redshirt senior QB Cody Kessler No. 2 to the Browns in his first 2016 mock draft.

It's an extremely aggressive evaluation, but we like his intangibles and consistency. "Of the quarterbacks in first round contention (at this time), Kessler easily was the most consistent in terms of positive performances," Norris wrote. "His arm is not outstanding, but he certainly has functional mobility and a willingness to work through reads." ESPN's Todd McShay didn't put Kessler into the first round in his preliminary mock draft. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Kessler is an early frontrunner for the Heisman trophy.
Source: Rotoworld
May 10 - 8:26 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler completed 23-of-39 attempts for 321 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 45-42 Holiday Bowl win over Nebraska.

Kessler's 20-yard scoring strike to Bryce Dixon with 2:03 left in the third quarter gave the Trojans a 45-27 cushion that became very valuable later on, and also tied him with Matt Barkley (2011) for the USC single-season record of 39 touchdown passes. "That is completely irrelevant to me," Kessler said. "I'm not just saying that. I really do mean it. I've always put the team before me." The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Kessler announced that he'll return to school in 2015. He's an early frontrunner for the Heisman trophy.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:13:00 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler announced after Saturday's bowl win against Nebraska that he will return to school in 2015.

Outstanding news for the Trojans. Kessler said he wants to compete for a national championship, and he should have an opportunity to do so with next year's loaded USC squad. Kessler threw for 3,826 yards with a 39/5 TD/INT ratio this year. Next season, he'll throw to a deep receiving corps featuring JuJu Smith and perhaps Nelson Agholor, who is still mulling a jump to the pros. Star RB Javorius Allen is also considering opting into the draft. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Kessler as the No. 7 draft-eligible signal-caller. An evaluator speaking with the OC Register earlier this month said Kessler is a fourth-round prospect and cited a lack of "elite" physical traits.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 02:46:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper expects USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler to return to school.

Kessler requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board last week. "Nobody has had a quietly better year than Kessler, but I expect him to be back at USC, which is huge for Steve Sarkisian," Kiper wrote. "He'll be deep at QB, that's for sure." Kiper ranks Kessler as the No. 7 draft-eligible signal-caller. An evaluator speaking with the OC Register last week said Kessler is a fourth-round prospect and cited a lack of "elite" physical traits.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 04:35:00 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

"Any junior will tell you: You want to … hear all your options to make the best decision," said Kessler. "How this year went kind of set me up, bumped me up, helped me out a lot. But at the end of the day … I haven’t even sat down and really thought about it." Kessler, who has thrown 36 touchdown passes and only four interceptions this year, has maintained throughout the season that he'll return to school, but it doesn't hurt to learn how the NFL values you. We think he'll be told to return to school, as it would be shocking if the board graded Kessler as a Rd. 2-or-better prospect. An evaluator speaking to the OC Register said Kessler is a fourth-round prospect and cited a lack of "elite" physical traits.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 12:08:00 AM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler is "open to possibility of declaring for NFL draft," reports Michael Lev of the Orange County Register.

"Exploring his options," Lev tweeted. "Getting eval. No decisions till after bowl." It would certainly be an interesting decision by a prospect who is extremely unlikely to hear his name called on even Day 2. That said, we like Kessler, who is accurate, efficient, functionally mobile, and tough. It's just that he's also small, doesn't have a strong arm to get the ball downfield, and doesn't have the velocity to always fit the balls into tight windows. He's been compared to signal-callers like Brian Hoyer and Aaron Murray. If he declares, Kessler would be a solid Day 3 pick. Because of his weaknesses, it's doubtful that returning to school is going to aid his stock much. Previously, Kessler has told the media he'll return for his final season of eligibility. Stay tuned.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 02:49:00 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the week.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Kessler completed 32 of 40 passes for 372 yards and six touchdowns in the school's 49-14 win over Notre Dame on Saturday. The redshirt junior has functional mobility and tendency to keep his eyes up to find open receivers. Right now, Kessler's ceiling might be at a Brian Hoyer-like level, but compared to other quarterbacks that is not bad. The USC prospect has made it known that he plans to return to school and has recruited other draft-eligible Trojans to do the same.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 03:48:00 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler completed 32 of 40 attempts for 372 yards and six touchdowns on 32 of 40 attempts in the school's 49-14 win over Notre Dame.

This one was over at halftime, as USC led 35-7 and Kessler even sat a large portion of the fourth quarter. We have consistently praised Kessler this season from his functional mobility and tendency to keep his eyes up to find open receivers. His ceiling might be at a Brian Hoyer-like level, but compared to other quarterbacks that is not bad. Kessler has said he is returning to school and has recruited other draft-eligible Trojans to do the same.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 06:53:00 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler "is reminiscent to former Georgia QB Aaron Murray as a NFL prospect," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Kessler was able to show functional mobility in the pocket as his offensive line didn't do him many favors, but his lack of arm strength and velocity were also evident. A junior who is expected to return to school, Kessler is reminiscent to former Georgia QB Aaron Murray as a NFL prospect," Brugler wrote. The USC prospect recently completed 22 of 34 attempts for 214 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the school's 38-20 loss to UCLA. Brugler adds that Kessler "showed his limitations against the Bruins, struggling to push the ball downfield on throws over 15 yards."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 03:55:00 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler completed 22 of 34 attempts for 214 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the school's 38-20 loss to UCLA.

USC's offensive line was in shambles the entire game. Kessler is not overly athletic but has functional mobility in a Mark Sanchez type of way. He was forced to make a lot of shorter throws thanks to frequent pressure in the pocket, but he did escape and elongate some passing downs to convert longer targets. Kessler is not expected to declare this season, but we like his prospects for next year.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 11:17:00 AM

CBS Sports' Rob rang notes that USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler "demonstrated poise, accuracy and functional mobility" in Thursday night's 38-30 win over Cal.

Rang notes that "two NFL prospects at quarterback are clearly Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Florida State's Jameis Winston" but believes that Kessler's name should be added into the discussion along side the other top QB prospects. "Southern Cal's Cody Kessler demonstrated the poise, accuracy and functional mobility in Thursday night's 38-30 win over Cal to potentially challenge UCLA's Brett Hundley, Michigan State's Connor Cook, and Mississippi State's Dak Prescott as a candidate for this distinction," Rang wrote. Against Cal, Kessler completed 31 of 42 attempts for 371 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the school's 38-30 win. Rang notes that even though Kessler "lacks ideal size at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds" he's "played big since Steve Sarkisian took over head coaching duties with the Trojans." The USC prospect is unlikely to declare this season, but he could enter next season as the top senior prospect at the position.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 03:35:00 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler completed 31 of 42 attempts for 371 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the school's 38-30 win over Cal.

We would never call Kessler a vertical passer, but he is very good at understanding the offense, deciding on the appropriate read, using his functional mobility to find space to throw, and gets the ball out of his hands. We have no idea how much he grasps offenses, but he has a skill set similar to Brian Hoyer. Kessler is unlikely to declare this season, but he could enter next season as the top senior prospect at the position.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 08:47:00 AM

USC HC Steve Sarkisian said that the key to redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler's success was that he "[makes] really good decisions with the football."

Sure, it's coach-speak, but the numbers bear it out. Kessler's only been intercepted twice this season while throwing for 2,548 yards and 25 touchdowns. "He doesn't take any chances, that's the biggest thing," Washington State coach Mike Leach said. "They do a lot of things to make sure he's successful out there." On his part, Kessler said he's been "studying a lot more film throughout the week, knowing my opponent, knowing what look we’re going to get when we line up in what formation, knowing where I’m going with the ball each and every play." He might not have a cannon for an arm, but the junior is a smart pocket quarterback with an uncanny patience in the pocket. He has the kind of mental talent that coaches look for at the next level.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 09:43:00 PM