USC spring preview: Quarterbacks

USC spring preview: Quarterbacks
USC quarterback Cody Kessler runs off the field after the Trojans' win over Notre Dame on Nov. 29. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

 USC begins spring practice March 3. We'll preview each position group before workouts begin.


Key returner: Fifth-year senior Cody Kessler

Challengers: Third-year sophomore Max Browne and redshirt freshman Jalen Greene

Newcomer: Freshman Ricky Town

Outlook: Kessler passed for 39 touchdowns, with five interceptions, leading USC to a 9-4 season. He broke the school record when he passed for seven touchdowns in a 56-28 victory over Colorado.

Kessler, preparing for his third season as the starter, has been mentioned as a Heisman Trophy candidate, but he must build chemistry with young receivers after the departure of go-to target Nelson Agholor.

Browne played in six games last season and completed three of seven passes for 42 yards.

Greene practiced on the scout team as a dual-threat quarterback.

Town graduated from Ventura St. Bonaventure High in December and enrolled at USC in January.

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