Former USC quarterback Matt Leinart was the first winner of the award in 2005.
Kessler is preparing for his second season as the Trojans starter.
In 2013, Kessler passed for 2,968 yards and 20 touchdowns, with seven interceptions. He helped lead the Trojans to a 10-4 record.
UCLA’s Brett Hundley, Oregon’s
USC opens Aug. 30 against Fresno State.