The Trojans offensive line struggled to protect Kessler against UCLA's fiery defense
Quarterback named Trojan Community Outreach Athlete of the Month for multiple service projects.
Thousands of local kids enjoy a free tailgate before watching USC take down the Beavers
Cody Kessler set a USC single-game record with seven touchdown passes
Jaelen Strong caught a 46-yard touchdown pass as time expired, and Arizona State scored three TDs in the final 3:53 to defeat USC
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CAREER: He has completed 238-of-363 passes (65.6%) of his passes for 2,977 yards with 20 TDs and 7 interceptions in his career. He is 15th on USC's career passing chart (238 completions). He also has 1 rushing touchdown.
2014: Kessler, who showed rapid improvement throughout his debut 2013 campaign, returns as the starting quarterback as a junior in 2014.
2013: Kessler started all season at quarterback as a sophomore in 2013 and showed considerable progress. Overall in 2013 while starting all 14 games, he was 236-of-361 passing (65.4%) for 2,968 yards with 20 TDs and 7 interceptions, plus he had 1 rushing TD. He was named the starter after sharing the job for USC's first 2 games of 2013 with Max Wittek. He hit 70.8% of his passes (114-of-161) in the last 6 games with 11 TDs and just 2 interceptions. He is 10th on USC's season passing list (236 completions) and 13th on USC's season total offense chart (2,844 yards). He made 2013 CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American honorable mention. He made 2013 All-Pac-12 honorable mention. He won USC's Bob Chandler Award (athletics/academics/character).
He made his first career start and was 10-of-19 for 95 yards with a TD and an interception at Hawaii while playing through the first series of the second half. He started against Washington State and was 8-of-13 for 41 yards with an interception while playing the first half and he also had a 4-yard scoring bootleg run. He started against Boston College and completed 15-of-17 passes (88.2%) for 237 yards and 2 TDs (with an 80-yarder), hitting 14 consecutive passes at one point, while playing until early in the fourth quarter. He completed 13-of-26 passes for 164 yards, with a 30-yard TD, against Utah State. He was 20-of-29 for 295 yards with 2 TDs and 2 interceptions at Arizona State. He was 15-of-30 for a career-high 297 yards with 2 long TDs (62 and 63 yards) against Arizona. He was 20-of-34 for 201 yards with an interception at Notre Dame. He was 21-of-32 (a season best for completions) for 230 yards with a 30-yard TD pass against Utah. He hit 81.0% of his passes (17-of-21) for 247 yards with a TD (71 yards) and an interception at Oregon State. He hit 82.3% of his passes (14-of-17) for 170 yards and 2 TDs (12 and 57 yards) at California while playing until midway through the third quarter. He was 25-of-37 (67.6%), a season best for completions and attempts, for 288 yards with a short TD toss against Stanford to earn Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors. He was 19-of-28 for 184 yards with a pair of TDs (20 and 10 yards) in 3 quarters of work at Colorado. He was 17-of-28 for 174 yards with a 22-yard TD against UCLA. He threw a career-best and Las Vegas Bowl-record 4 touchdowns while hitting 73.3% of his passes (22-of-30) for a career-best 345 yards against Fresno State to win Las Vegas Bowl MVP honors.
2012: Kessler was a backup quarterback as a redshirt freshman in 2012 and also was the holder on all placekicks (beginning with the Utah game). Overall in 2012 while appearing in 10 games (all but Syracuse, Stanford, California), he was 2-of-2 (100.0%) for 9 yards. In his only 2 games seeing action at quarterback, he took the game's final snap against Hawaii and hit both of his passes for 9 yards late in the Colorado game.
2011: Kessler, who enrolled at USC in the spring of 2011 after graduating a semester early from high school, redshirted as a freshman quarterback in 2011, his first year at USC. He served as the backup quarterback.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2010 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, U.S. Army All-American, USA Today All-USA second team, Rivals 100, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Gatorade California Player of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, Bakersfield California All-Bakersfield Player of the Year and All-Yosemite League Offensive MVP as a senior quarterback at Centennial High in Bakersfield (Calif.). He completed 175-of-251 (69.7%) of his passes for 2,831 yards and 36 TDs with just 2 interceptions in 2010 and rushed for 324 yards on 75 carries (4.3 avg.) with 8 TDs. He also averaged 36.4 yards on 32 punts in 2010, with a 13 pinning opponents within the 20-yard line and a long of 60 yards. Centennial was 10-2 in 2010.
As a 2009 junior, he was named Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team and Bakersfield Californian Area Player of the Year as he completed 188-of-312 passes (60.3%) for 2,195 yards with 14 TDs and 6 interceptions and also ran for 12 TDs. Centennial was the 2009 CIF Central Section runnerup.
As a sophomore in 2008, he completed 133-of-288 passes (63.6%) for 1,878 yards with 10 TDs and 7 interceptions and he also ran for 373 yards with 13 TDs.
He also played basketball at Centennial, where he averaged 29.5 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and was named the Bakersfield Area Player of the Year (becoming the first player to be so honored in both football and basketball).
PERSONAL: He is a sociology major at USC. He and 15 of his USC teammates spent 5 days in Haiti in the spring of 2012 building homes and assisting those in need.
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