Skip to content

USC not ready to pull trigger on Barkley’s replacement

Notre Dame v USC Getty Images

For those wondering who will replace Matt Barkley under center for USC, you’re going to have to wait a while longer for the answer.

In its latest depth chart released Saturday, the Trojans listed Max Wittek (pictured, No. 13) OR Cody Kessler (pictured, No. 6) — in that order, for what it’s worth — at the quarterback position.  The redshirt sophomores have engaged in essentially what’s been a two-man battle for the starting job since the start of spring practice.

Thus far head coach Lane Kiffin has declined to tip his hand as to which direction he’s headed, even as some think he already knows who the starter will be and is simply making the season-opening opponent — Hawaii, coached by former USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow — guess right up until kickoff.

Gamesmanship aside, USC will head into the 2013 season with co-starters at the position, with Kiffin making it crystal clear that neither contender grabbed the job by the throat.

“If somebody would have outperformed the other one, we wouldn’t be here,” Kiffin said. “But they both did really well.”

The quarterback position, though, is not the only position without a designated starter for the Thursday opener at Aloha Stadium.

In fact, all four positions in the secondary have an “OR” between the top two players, with both safety positions carrying an “OR” between the top three players.  Right guard, tight end and tailback also include co-starters.  Or co-co-starters for the latter as the RB pecking order goes “Tre Madden OR Silas Redd OR Justin Davis.”

Redd, the Trojans leading rusher in 2012, missed the latter half of spring practice with a knee injury.  Earlier this week, Kiffin said he’s “not sure he will be” available for the opener as the back continues his recovery.

Permalink 10 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, Mountain West Conference, Pac-12 Conference, Rumor Mill, Top Posts, USC Trojans
10 Responses to “USC not ready to pull trigger on Barkley’s replacement”
  1. dhalb34 says: Aug 25, 2013 9:46 AM

    Put Kessler in Lane.

  2. vols84 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:15 AM

    It will be the last time Kiffin gets to make this decision at USC.

  3. mediocrebob says: Aug 25, 2013 11:18 AM

    I hope not. I don’t want him to ever leave. Go Irish.

  4. jimbo75025 says: Aug 25, 2013 1:51 PM

    Season starts in 4 days and you are not ready to name a starter. What is the old saying-if you have two starting QB’s you have zero. Kiffin will soon be fired OR terminated OR let go.

  5. soundsofsuccess7 says: Aug 25, 2013 2:19 PM

    It’s Justin Davis, not Troy Davis. Get used to hearing his name because he’s 17 and will play as a true frosh.

  6. John Taylor says: Aug 25, 2013 2:58 PM

    Apparently I was having flashbacks to the former Cyclone great. Thanks for the heads up.

  7. billmead1976 says: Aug 25, 2013 3:47 PM

    The Ghosts of Heritage Hall are rolling in their graves – How Mighty Troy has fallen to have to use childish deception against hapless Hawaii.

    Fresno St., Memphis – now Hawaii will embarrass these fools.

  8. pdcooper08 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:13 PM

    Irish fan, win one at home sometime in the next decade, then u can comment on what you like. SC is going to roll UH Thursday. They have tougher competition in the team scrims. They can afford to go into this game and even next with dual starters. What better way to find the better player. Same as all the open DB spots. Let them all play and figure it out in a real game. This is not a big issue, unless your one of those kiffen haters.

  9. tttrojan4life says: Aug 26, 2013 12:11 AM

    Hawaii might be the worst team in CF. Some of the jokers who post on this site could probably play for them.

  10. mogogo1 says: Aug 26, 2013 11:09 AM

    Typical Lane… no doubt he thinks he’s motivating them but after the team tanks we’ll hear how both guys totally had their confidence shot by all this.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!