Back in Fall Camp, USC was still searching for their starting quarterback. Cody Kessler, Max Wittek and Max Browne were all contending for the job. But the competitive nature that is USC football ultimately lead to Kessler taking the field as the 2013 starting quarterback
So what made Kessler stand out? He says it was a hunger to prove himself after being named third string last season.
That desire pushed Kessler from third string to Pac-12 offensive player of the week. Against Stanford, Kessler threw for 288 yards and a touchdown, leading the Trojans to a 20-17 upset over the Cardinal. He was 25-of-37, a season best for both completions and attempts. It was also a season best game as a sold out Coliseum crowd rushed the field for a historic celebration.
One of the Trojan greats—Matt Leinart—lead the team out of the tunnel that game. And before Kessler took the field, Leinart passed on some wisdom from one Trojan quarterback to another.
The Stanford upset is in the past now. And looking to the future, Kessler says he wants to continue that type of play to add his name to the list of Trojan greats.
However, the competition that landed Kessler the starting job isn't over yet.
So who's Kessler's biggest competition? Redshirt freshman Browne—who was also the 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year—is calling signals for now, but Coach Clay Helton says he's a guy to look out for.