"I'm really excited," Kessler told FOX Sports NEXT during voluntary throwing sessions. "I can't wait."
USC head coach Lane Kiffin notably didn't name a starter following the Trojans' 15 spring practices. It's unknown what his timeline is to name a starter this fall, though one would expect it would happen no later than before the week of preparation for Hawaii.
Kessler says at this point he's not worried when a starter is named, but is more focused on getting his mind right on approaching the four-weeks, "I'm not looking that far down, but I'm just taking each day, each practice one day at a time and just getting our guys better," he said.
Kessler's teammates have mentioned routinely throughout the summer that he is hungry to win the competition, sometimes insinuating he seems more hungry than his opponents.
"That's just how I am as a competitor," Kessler explained. "I've always been that way. I just have an attitude that my dad taught me when I was younger, which was hate to lose. I absolutely hate it, whatever it is – whether it's a quarterback competition or a game, or just playing ping-pong or pool outside. I just hate to lose, I'm so competitive."
Kiffin has said throughout the competition between quarterbacks that nothing that has happened during their first two seasons will carry over to the starting competition of 2013– meaning Wittek's starting experience at the end of the 2012 season won't necessarily go down as a plus in his column when the dust settles and a decision has to be made.
"I love competing, that's why I came here and it's awesome to be competing against guys like Max Wittek and Max Browne, two of the best in the country," Kessler said. "I'm ready to lead, keep working, and I'm excited to get out there. It will be fun."