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USC's Cody Kessler, Max Tuerk named Phil Steele preseason All-Americans

USC's Cody Kessler, Max Tuerk named to Phil Steele's preseason All-America team

USC quarterback Cody Kessler and center Max Tuerk were named to the Phil Steele preseason All-America team.

Kessler, a fifth-year senior, passed for 39 touchdowns, with only five interceptions, last season.

Tuerk, a senior, will start at center for the second season after playing guard and tackle as a freshman and sophomore.

Junior linebacker Su’a Cravens and sophomore cornerback Adoree’ Jackson were named to the second team. Jackson, a dynamic kick returner, also was named as a second-team specials teams player.

USC opens the season Sept. 5 against Arkansas State.

The Trojans finished 9-4 in 2014 in Coach Steve Sarkisian’s first season.

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