Matt Leinart says USC's Cody Kessler is 'very underrated'

Matt Leinart says USC's Cody Kessler is 'very underrated'
USC quarterback Cody Kessler passes during a win over California on Thursday. (Harry How / Getty Images)

What must USC quarterback Cody Kessler do to attract more national attention?

Win more games, Hesiman Trophy winner Matt Leinart said.

The Trojans are 7-3.

"Losses hurt, it doesn't matter what team you're on," said Leinart, who lost only two games in three seasons as USC's starting quarterback. "You've got to win games, especially as a quarterback."

Kessler has passed for 29 touchdowns, with three interceptions.

He has completed 70% of his passes.

Leinart, the 2004 Heisman winner, is a college football analyst for Fox Sports. Kessler was "very underrated," he said.

"He's a couple plays away from being a top-10 team and a Heisman candidate in my eyes," said Leinart, adding that Kessler should be a front-runner for the prestigious award next season.

"His numbers are terrific, I think he's a great leader and he's still only a junior," Leinart said. "He still has another year left, which is pretty scary."

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