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USC football: Cody Kessler named starting quarterback by Lane Kiffin

USC football: Cody Kessler named starting quarterback by Lane Kiffin
Cody Kessler was named USC's starting quarterback on Monday. (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images)

Cody Kessler has been named USC's starting quarterback, Coach Lane Kiffin announced Monday.

Kessler, a third-year sophomore from Bakersfield, will be under center on Saturday when the Trojans play host to Boston College at noon.

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Kiffin is expected to explain his reasons for choosing Kessler over Max Wittek in a video USC planned to release later Monday, the school said.

Kessler started in the 30-13 season-opening victory over Hawaii and the Trojans' 10-7 loss to Washington State. But he shared time with Wittek.

In just more than four quarters, Kessler completed 18 of 32 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown, with two interceptions. He also rushed for a touchdown.

Wittek completed eight of 18 passes for 90 yards, with one interception.

USC, which has not completed a pass of more than 19 yards, passed for only 54 yards against Washington State. The Trojans' longest completion covered eight yards.

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