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Cody Kessler named USC's starting quarterback

April 15, 2014|By Gary Klein
  • USC quarterback Cody Kessler looks to pass during a game against Arizona in October.
USC quarterback Cody Kessler looks to pass during a game against Arizona… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

Cody Kessler, who led USC to 10 victories last season, was named the Trojans' starting quarterback, Coach Steve Sarkisian announced Tuesday.

Kessler, a fourth-year junior from Bakersfield, held off a challenge from redshirt freshman Max Browne.

Kessler passed for 20 touchdowns, with seven interceptions, last season. He finished the season with four touchdown passes in the Trojans’ 45-20 victory over Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl.

USC opens the 2014 season against Fresno State on Aug. 30 at the Coliseum.

Sarkisian has installed a fast-paced no-huddle offense this spring.

Browne showed great improvement from last season but could not unseat Kessler.

Freshman Jalen Greene will be the No. 3 quarterback.

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