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April 16, 2011 | Jerry Crowe
Brad Otton , a former USC quarterback and Rose Bowl star, realized that the long hours and nomadic lifestyle of college football coaching no longer appealed to him. So he called an audible. He traded pigskin for pizza. If that sounds like a radical shift, the easygoing proprietor of two highly successful artisan pizzerias insists that it was years in the making. Otton, a Mormon, says he'd always wanted to open a business and that he knew he'd found a potential winner when he fell in love with Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizza while on a two-year mission in southern Italy in the early 1990s.
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April 15, 2014 | By Gary Klein
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.
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June 4, 2012 | By Gary Klein
USC quarterback Jesse Scroggins, who sat out much of last season and spring practice because of injuries and academic issues, will transfer, the school announced Monday. The departure of Scroggins, who would have been a third-year sophomore, leaves USC with three scholarship quarterbacks: senior Matt Barkley and redshirt freshmen Max Wittek and Cody Kessler. “We're just doing what's in the best interest of my son,” Scroggins' father, Jesse Sr., said in a phone interview.  “He wanted more control of the situation and this seemed like an opportune time.” The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Scroggins, who starred at Lakewood High before enrolling at USC, is planning to transfer to a junior college with goals of playing this season and earning an Associate of Arts degree before transferring to a four-year school with two years of eligibility remaining, his father said.
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December 21, 2013 | By Gary Klein
LAS VEGAS -- Quarterback Cody Kessler was selected most valuable player after completing 22 of 30 passes for 344 yards and a Las Vegas Bowl-record four touchdowns in a 45-20 victory over Fresno State on Saturday. Kessler had one pass intercepted, and it was returned for a touchdown. BOWL TIMELINE: Matchups, schedule and picks "It was a great game today and it was 100% due to the offensive line," Kessler said, adding, "It is due to them and our receivers, who are freak athletes.
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July 27, 2012 | By Gary Klein
USC Coach Lane Kiffin, who visited Silas Redd in Connecticut on Thursday, isn't the only Trojan recruiting the Penn State running back. Quarterback Max Wittek grew up in Connecticut and played Pop Warner football with Redd, who has been the object of Kiffin's desire since Monday, when the NCAA hit Penn State with sanctions that allow Nittany Lions players to transfer without penalty. Wittek, a redshirt freshman from Santa Ana Mater Dei High, said Thursday that he phoned Redd after the sanctions were announced and probably would call him again Thursday night.
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March 5, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Cody Kessler's most noteworthy play for USC came last season after the quarterback was told by coaches to wear a different jersey number on special teams in the first half against Colorado. He was the backup to Max Wittek against Notre Dame and in the season-ending Sun Bowl loss to Georgia Tech, but he did not play. So the third-year sophomore spent the last two months doing what he has always done since arriving at USC: Preparing for his opportunity. On Tuesday, in the first official practice of the post-Matt Barkley era, Kessler, fellow sophomore Max Wittek and freshman Max Browne began a competition that could extend into training camp.
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July 26, 2012 | By Gary Klein
USC quarterback Max Wittek, who grew up in Connecticut and played Pop Warner football with Silas Redd, called the Penn State running back this week to encourage him to join the Trojans. Wittek, a redshirt freshman, said he spoke with Redd after the NCAA handed down sanctions in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal that allow Penn State players to transfer without penalty. “I told him I was sorry to hear about everything that came down and that it was obviously a difficult situation,” Wittek said.
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June 9, 1994 | EARL GUSTKEY
USC quarterback Kyle Wachholtz has been declared academically ineligible for the 1994 season. He would have again been a junior backup to senior Rob Johnson. A 6-foot-5, 220-pound player from Corona, Wachholtz has played sporadically the last two seasons. In Seattle two seasons ago, Wachholtz entered a game USC trailed, 17-10, in the fourth quarter, after Johnson was injured and Reggie Perry was ineffective.
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August 31, 2012 | By Gary Klein
After Matt Barkley announced in December that he would stay at USC for a final season, Coach Lane Kiffin talked of challenging the quarterback by adding play calling to his responsibilities. But don't look for Barkley to go all Peyton Manning at the line of scrimmage. Instead, fans might see subtle hints of Drew Brees, or perhaps Tom Brady, when Barkley and the Trojans open against Hawaii on Saturday at the Coliseum. Barkley spent part of the off-season studying film of the Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks.
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November 1, 1989 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After USC quarterback Todd Marinovich threw four touchdown passes against Ohio State, his uncle, Craig Fertig, a Trojan quarterback in the 1960s, came up to him grinning. "Well, you tied my record," said Fertig, who once threw four touchdown passes against Cal. "But you didn't break it." Shot back Marinovich: "I've got time." Does he ever. Marinovich broke another of his uncle's marks last Saturday against Stanford when he completed his 152nd pass of the season.
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November 30, 2013 | By Gary Klein
After UCLA players made their way up the Coliseum tunnel Saturday night, Bruins Coach Jim Mora gathered his team outside the locker room and made a pronouncement. "We own L.A.!" Mora shouted. Quarterback Brett Hundley, kick returner Ishmael Adams and a tough Bruins defense that forced two turnovers had just led No. 22 UCLA to a 35-14 victory over No. 23 USC in the 83rd game between the crosstown rivals. "It was awesome," linebacker Anthony Barr said. "It's our city and it will be that way for a while.
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October 18, 2013
Year | Quarterback | PC-A | Yds | TDs-Int. | Score 2003 | Matt Leinart | 26-34 | 351 | 4-0 | 45-14 2005 | Matt Leinart |17-32 | 301 | 0-2 | 34-31 2007 | Mark Sanchez | 21-38 | 235 | 4-0 | 38-0 2009 | Matt Barkley | 19-29 | 380 | 2-1 | 34-27 2011 | Matt Barkley | 24-35 | 224 | 3-0 | 31-17
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October 10, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC receiver Nelson Agholor had a breakout performance Thursday night in USC's 38-31victory over Arizona at the Coliseum. Agholor, a sophomore from Florida, caught seven passes for 161 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown in the first quarter that gave the Trojans a 7-0 lead. Last season, Agholor played behind Robert Woods and Marqise Lee and caught 19 passes, two for touchdowns. He entered Thursday's game with 11 catches and was averaging 17.5 yards per reception.
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September 6, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC plays Washington State for the first time in three years Saturday in a Pac-12 Conference opener at the Coliseum. Staff writer Gary Klein examines the story lines: Split personality USC Coach Lane Kiffin once again declined to announce a starting quarterback, but Cody Kessler is expected to be up first for the second consecutive game, with Max Wittek also ready to play. Kessler, a third-year sophomore, struggled against Hawaii before rallying near the end of the first half.
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August 30, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
Sitting in Los Angeles, thinking about Hawaii... Or, rather, about Hawaii's football game against USC. A couple of questions, thoughts, observations: Can Marqise Lee catch a pass with a loop in it? He was 0-for-2 on those Thursday night in USC's opener, a lackluster 30-13 win over the Rainbow Warriors. The second drop cost USC a sure touchdown. Quarterback Max Wittek showed the strength of his arm as he delivered a bomb right on the money despite a heavy rush. In fact, his pass hit Lee right in the numbers -- right after it slipped through both his hands.
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August 28, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
To honor, or dishonor, the 16th and final season of the Bowl Championship Series, here are 16 questions and answers as college football opens 2013: 1. How soon does USC Coach Lane Kiffin need to decide on a quarterback? Answer: Sept. 21. Penn & Teller could rotate for the first three games - against Hawaii, Washington State and Boston College - but USC needs to nail down Max Wittek or Cody Kessler by the time it hosts Utah State. That's the nightmare scenario USC fans might not see coming - a reincarnation of the long-ago Freedom Bowl loss to Fresno State.
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November 18, 1988 | MAL FLORENCE, Times Staff Writer
The first step to playing football is getting out of the hospital. USC quarterback Rodney Peete, who has been ill with the measles, did that Thursday, leaving St. Mary's in Long Beach. Then Peete watched some film and was an observer at practice, where he also threw a football around, for 25 minutes. But will he play against UCLA Saturday in the Rose Bowl showdown game? "His status is still uncertain," Coach Larry Smith said. "Doctors will re-check him again tomorrow."
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August 26, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
With the play clock on the NFL exhibition season winding toward zero, the Buffalo Bills picked up the phone over the weekend and added quarterback Matt Leinart to their roster, reviving his once-promising football career. Leinart and the Bills have something in common. They both know that disoriented feeling of the world going topsy-turvy. The Bills are in the midst of that now. They have lost their top two quarterbacks - first-round pick EJ Manuel to a knee injury and veteran Kevin Kolb to a concussion - and are preparing to start an undrafted rookie from Washington State, Jeff Tuel, against the New England Patriots in Week 1. That would make NFL history because, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, no undrafted rookie quarterback has started an opener since the league went to a common draft in 1967.
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August 18, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC practiced at the Coliseum on Sunday night, giving players an opportunity to work out under the Trojans' home stadium lights. They shined bright on quarterback Cody Kessler . Coach Lane Kiffin continues to hold off naming Kessler or Max Wittek the starter for the Aug. 29 opener at Hawaii, but Kessler took the majority of snaps with the first-team offense during full-squad drills. Coaches, of course, could give Wittek most of the first-team reps Monday.
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