USC spring preview: Quarterbacks

A look at who is expected to be under center for the Trojans when spring practice begins in March

 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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