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Quarterback Cody Kessler is USC's main man

Quarterback Cody Kessler is USC's main man

Cody Kessler did not court the attention that accompanies inclusion in the Heisman Trophy discussion.

"I'm from Bakersfield," USC's quarterback said Friday during Pac-12 Conference football media day. "I don't need a whole lot of anything."

Kessler's 2014 performance — a 70% completion percentage and 39 touchdowns passes with only five interceptions — has made him a staple of Heisman chatter. And on a Warner Bros. Studio lot that includes Batman and Harry Potter exhibits, Kessler was the main attraction during the Pac-12's annual preseason gabfest.

Kessler began the day by posing for a group photo with other marquee players, made his way through a...

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