USC spring practice will feature a quarterback competition for the first time since 2013.
Fourth-year junior Max Browne and redshirt freshman Sam Darnold will compete to replace three-year starter Cody Kessler.
Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who led the team with 89 receptions, 10 for touchdowns, did not favor either Browne or Darnold when asked after the Holiday Bowl who would win the job.
“Max has the potential to play but I also think Sam Darnold also has the potential to play,” Smith-Schuster said. “They are both competitive.”
Smith-Schuster said he would spend the offseason working out with both quarterbacks, but that he “won’t even know probably until spring” who could be the starter.
USC finished the season 8-6 after a 23-21 loss to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl.
The Trojans play Alabama in a 2016 season opener.
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