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Kessler held off Max Browne for the No. 1 spot.
There’s little doubt quarterback competitions are the position battle scrutinized the most in preseason practices. However, at USC, the quarterback battle is officially over - for now.
First-year USC coach Steve Sarkisian has picked Cody Kessler as the team’s starting quarterback. Kessler was competing with redshirt freshman Max Browne for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart. Sarkisian hasn't ruled out Browne unseating Kessler in the fall, but all signs point to Kessler opening the season as USC's No. 1 quarterback.
Browne ranked as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in the 2013 signing class and redshirted his first season on campus.
Kessler edged Max Wittek for the No. 1 job last year and finished 2013 with 2,968 passing yards and 20 touchdowns.
Although there’s plenty of time to sort through a depth chart before the season opener, this seems to be a good move for Sarkisian.
If Kessler has outplayed Browne all spring, there’s no sense in waiting to pick a quarterback. Kessler seemed to make significant progress late last season and should have a chance to build on that in 2014 with a solid group of receivers returning to Los Angeles.
USC head coach Steve Sarkisian has officially named @CodyKessler6 the starting QB for the 2014 season.— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) April 16, 2014