Kiffin, a wordsmith on quarterback plan

USC head coach Lane Kiffin announced Saturday that he anticipates playing both quarterbacks Max Wittek and Cody Kessler in the Trojans season opener in Hawaii. Which means, he might not play both quarterbacks in Hawaii.

USC head coach Lane Kiffin announced Saturday that he anticipates playing both Max Wittek and Cody Kessler at quarterback in Thursday's season opener at Hawaii.

"After a lot of research, a lot of thought, communication from our whole offensive staff and really breaking down all of spring and all of fall," Kiffin said on Saturday, "we've made a decision that we anticipate playing both guys in the opening game."

Keyword, anticipate.

"I used that word for a reason," Kiffin quipped after Sunday's practice when asked about the phrasing of his statement about playing two quarterbacks, emphasizing the word "anticipates".

"Somebody may get hurt before we get there," he said. "Like I said, I anticipate them both playing in the game."

Probed further, asked if both players are healthy, if they will both play, Kiffin said "I anticipate that happening."

Just a reminder, the definition of anticipate: to regard as probable; expect or predict.

Kiffin is leaving himself room to not play one of the quarterbacks.

He hasn't decided exactly how the reps will be divided, but he anticipates they will.

Kiffin did say Sunday after practice that Wittek and Kessler will not trade series and they will "probably not" trade quarters.

By deductive reasoning, that must mean… they'll trade halves. Or, Kiffin anticipates they will.

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