The wind may have been howling at USC for day seven of spring practice, but that didn't stop quarterback Cody Kessler from improving. Kessler says bad weather doesn't bother him because he is always looking to "get comfortable with the uncomfortable."
Kessler went on to add that with half of the spring practices in the books, he finally feels comfortable with the playbook, and now it's all about polishing.
The quarterback competition is still going on between himself and Max Browne, and Kessler says the redshirt freshman has gained a lot of confidence since he first stepped onto Howard Jones field a year ago.
One advantage that Kessler may have are his roommates: Nelson Agholor and Max Tuerk. Kessler took snaps from Tuerk and threw to Agholor over the weekend. Kessler says it's great practice, gives them a chance to build better chemistry and allows for the three guys to "just hang out."
Max Browne was also not affected by the windy weather, but he credits his Washington roots, saying he's used to this in the Pacific Northwest.
Browne did agree with Kessler, saying he feels more comfortable and confident on the field now. He, again, did give Kessler the nod of experience when it comes to the quarterback competition, saying Kessler's game-time play is hard to compete with. But, Browne and Kessler have been splitting the reps pretty evenly, so it could be anyone's game.
Head coach Steve Sarkisian weighed in on the issue, saying the guy to take the spot will be the player he's most comfortable with leading the team.
After Saturday, Jahleel Pinner is now wearing two hats: one for fullback, and one for running back. Pinner ran his first routes as a running back in the Coliseum, having never carried a ball before.
Coming into this new position as a fullback, Pinner says he has the advantage of already knowing how to catch the ball as well.
Sarkisian noted that Pinner was one of the players that really stood out during their short scrimmage on Saturday. While he won't be a feature back, Sarkisian did say he feels confident in giving Pinner the ball in the last few minutes of the game to get the job done.