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Backup QB debate heats up

first_imgSpring football is in full effect on the USC campus. Last Saturday, the USC football team held its first scrimmage at the Coliseum. With the clock counting down until the conclusion of spring practice and the imminent season opener on Sept. 1, now is the time for the Trojans to start prepping for the future.Though not one single snap has been taken, one can’t help but wonder who will follow in senior quarterback Matt Barkley’s footsteps. Who will be the understudy to the Heisman hopeful? Who will be the next leader of the USC Trojans?Auxiliary power · Redshirt freshman quarterback Cody Kessler (above) is one of the backups trying to make a name for himself. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanSure, the Trojans have time to spare before deciding the successor to Barkley, but it is necessary to take advantage of every opportunity to provide an adequate amount of experience before throwing the heir to the Trojan empire into the pack.Redshirt freshman quarterback Cody Kessler seems the most likely to inherit the job. Kessler, who hails from Centennial High School in Bakersfield, Calif., is listed at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds. Some have likened his talent to former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez. Though Kessler has not logged time for the Trojans because he redshirted during the 2011 season, he is primed to have his chance in the spotlight. Prep All-American, Kessler, whose play style is similar to that of the current USC offense, would be an easy fit in the offensive scheme.But Kessler isn’t the only redshirt freshman making a name for himself. Max Wittek, the 6-foot-4 quarterback, is a product of high school powerhouse Santa Ana Mater Dei (and was teammates with current players Barkley, Holmes and Blackwell). An All-American, Wittek was also a member of the All-Trinity first team during his senior year as he completed 153 of 282 passes (54.3 percent) for 2,252 yards with 24 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.In the Trojans’ first spring scrimmage, Wittek seemed right at home in the pocket. It is undeniable that Wittek possesses what the Trojan offense might need in the future — a strong arm and mobility. Like Kessler, Wittek redshirted during the 2011 season.With the abundance of attention fixed on whether it will be Kessler or Wittek as the official backup quarterback, many forget that another prime candidate is still in the Kiffin arsenal.Redshirt sophomore Jesse Scroggins hasn’t had the best of luck at USC. The 6-foot-2 quarterback was sidelined for the majority of the 2011 season after suffering an injury to his hand and thumb. Scroggins, a product of Lakewood High School, did appear in one game for the Trojans, although only for the final snap in the home duel against Washington. The All-American Scroggins, like Kessler and Wittek, has yet to throw a single pass (in a game) for the Trojans.The top three candidates have little experience behind the Trojan offensive line. Now is the time, however, to properly evaluate all three quarterbacks and determine which will be the best fit. With some players possessing similar play styles, USC can utilize a system that will incorporate the best of both worlds and take advantage of all the various talents.Spring practice is the most vital for the future of the Trojan offense. Every decision now sets the stage for the future of the USC football program. Allowing enough time to have the successor(s) gain confidence in their respective craft is crucial and necessary.Though some might claim it is too early to start prepping for next season, it is in the best interest of the USC football program. Whoever will be serving as backup to Barkley in 2012 needs to be prepared for any situation. Without a doubt, the decision needs to be sensible, but not rushed. “Armchair Quarterback” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, email Andie at ahagemann@usc.edu or visit DailyTrojan.comlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedCheap flights to Normandy to be launched by CityJetCityJet will commence cheap flights to Deauville in Normandy from its London City Airport hub this summer.London City’s most punctual airport is CityJetCityJet has been revealed as the most punctual airline operating from London City Airport during the first six months.Baboo to launch flights to Geneva from London CityBaboo will introduce twice daily flights to Geneva from London City Airport CityJet will commence cheap flights to Florence from London City Airport in January.The service, which will operate six times per week, will be introduced on Monday, January 10th, although a limited service will operate during the Christmas period.Florence Airport is similar to London City in that it is small, compact and easy for passengers to use. It is a four mile drive from the Tuscan capital’s city centre.Christine Ourmières, CityJet’s chief executive officer, said that Florence is a “great addition” to the carrier’s expanding European network.”Now with our convenient Florence schedule and 15-minute check-in, CityJet customers can travel hassle-free from the heart of London to the heart of Tuscany, spending less time at airports and more time enjoying their trip,” she commented.Florence has long been popular with holidaymakers and city breakers and is home to numerous museums, palaces and churches.CityJet is currently operating an increased number flights to Brive in France’s Dordogne region from the Docklands airport, a service that will continue until the end of October.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more