VIDEO: Cody Kessler and Steve Sarkisian, USC Spring Game


Quarterback Cody Kessler and head coach Steve Sarkisian talked about areas of progress evident in USC’s spring game.



The play of the wide receiving corps was the story of the afternoon, which is certainly a positive sign for Cody Kessler heading into 2015.

Kessler is an early front-runner in the 2015 Heisman Trophy race. Sarkisian began the campaign immediately after the 2014 regular season, touting Kessler’s historic numbers, which included a record-setting six-touchdown effort in the Nov. 29 rout of Notre Dame.

“At some point people are going to recognize him,” Sarkisian said that day. “He has thrown 36 touchdowns and gave up just four interceptions. Those are ridiculous numbers. At some point people will recognize it.”

Although Cody Kessler deferred to back-up Max Browne much of the day, the redshirt senior was impressive nonetheless. He completed 8-of-10 passes for 126 yards, and showed chemistry with new targets — targets like Steven Mitchell and Ajene Harris, two Trojans that must step up to replace 2014 star Nelson Agholor.