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Cody Kessler Named USC Starting Quarterback

USC head coach Steve Sarkisian names sophomore Cody Kessler starting quarterback for the 2014 season.

USC football head coach Steve Sarkisian gave sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler the starting nod for the 2014 season following Tuesday's practice.

"He deserved it, I think he's earned it," said Sarkisian. "He's going to be a star. He's going to be a great player."

Kessler led the Trojans to a 10-4 record last season, tallying 2,968 yards and 20 touchdowns.

"I was very excited. It's another great opportunity for me," said Kessler. "I can't thank Max [Browne] and Jalen [Greene] enough for pushing me...[but] it's not over this is SC' and it's always a competition."

Kessler had been in a competition throughout spring practices for the starting position with redshirt freshman Max Browne. 

"It's a decision he made and I got to respect it," said Browne. "I thought I made huge strides this spring."

USC will take the field this Saturday at the L.A. Coliseum where Kessler will make his first start at the annual Spring Game.

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