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...