At some point in the next 10 days or so, the anointing of USC’s incumbent at the QB position should become official.
Following Tuesday’s practice, head coach Steve Sarkisian said he “suspect[s]” the Trojans will name a starting quarterback “before the end of spring.” USC closes out its set of 15 spring practice sessions April 19.
The Los Angeles Times wrote that “Sarkisian said he was closer to making a decision and reiterated that once he decided on the starter, he would ‘let it sit a little bit’ and ‘maybe watch for a little bit as if it were that way and what it feels like.'”
While Sarkisian won’t tip his hand as to which direction he’s leaning, all signs point to Cody Kessler. The redshirt junior has taken more reps with the first-team offense than his main competition, Max Browne, a clear indication that Kessler is the leader heading into the spring clubhouse.
In replacing four-year starter Matt Barkley in 2013, Kessler started every game for the Trojans as a redshirt sophomore, completing just over 65 percent of his passes for 20 touchdowns against just seven interceptions. With Max Wittek transferring out of the program in January, it left, essentially, Kessler and Browne, the five-star 2013 signee, as the two prime contenders for the job in 2014. True freshman Jalen Greene, a three-star member of the Trojans’ most recent recruiting class, is an early enrollee and the only other player at the position who could possibly play himself into the mix.