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09:52 AM ET 03.24 | Cody Kessler, Max Wittek and Jesse Scroggins are competing to be Matt Barkley's backup, a step to perhaps becoming his successor. Kessler and Wittek will get ample opportunity to show how they have progressed when the Trojans practice and scrimmage Saturday at the Coliseum. Scroggins is not expected to fully participate because of a hip injury, the latest in a series of setbacks. Clay Helton, USC's quarterbacks coach, said the trio is constantly evaluated on decision-making, timing and accuracy as well as field generalship.

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March 24, 2012  10:17 AM ET

It's always nice to have some good competition at the QB position, just ask Notre Dame!!! :-)

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March 24, 2012  10:28 AM ET
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It's always nice to have some good competition at the QB position, just ask Notre Dame!!! :-)

Only if it is for the back up position!

March 24, 2012  10:33 AM ET
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Hmmm...Bad analogy, I would think, OT. Agree also with O-6 that Barkley is a preseason favorite for the Heisman.

LOL, Harley you do know I was being sarcastic, don't you??? :-)

March 24, 2012  10:35 AM ET
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Only if it is for the back up position!

Yeah, no one would call the Notre Dame QBs the "Good hands" people!!!!

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March 24, 2012  11:11 AM ET
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Oops. Must recalibrate that meter again. ;)I'd like to see Van's commentary on this, but he was up late last night. Scribbled something about losing to Colorado in a bowl game. Don't know if he had a nightmare of was playing on an Xbox.

Or visiting Hippy Weed

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March 24, 2012  01:23 PM ET
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Hmmm...Bad analogy, I would think, OT. Agree also with O-6 that Barkley is a preseason favorite for the Heisman.

Looking at their schedule ... he'll have plenty of opportunity to light 'em up.

March 24, 2012  01:55 PM ET

The 3 man race will be down to 2 come next season. A scholly will be opening up.

March 24, 2012  02:07 PM ET
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The 3 man race will be down to 2 come next season. A scholly will be opening up.

Who's getting Sabaned?

March 24, 2012  02:57 PM ET
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The trophy for this up coming year is Barkley's to lose.

Same thing was said about Luck this time last year...

March 24, 2012  03:28 PM ET
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The trophy for this up coming year is Barkley's to lose.

well, that settles that...

March 24, 2012  05:18 PM ET

Who cares about this? Who picks these articles?

March 24, 2012  05:54 PM ET
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Who cares about this? Who picks these articles?

LMFAO, if you don't like the article, then why are you commenting on it!!!

March 24, 2012  06:04 PM ET
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Looking at their schedule ... he'll have plenty of opportunity to light 'em up.

Yeah USC's schedule is fairly easy this year, it looks like they might have 3/4 tough games. Barkley should be able to take advamntage of their schedule.

March 24, 2012  06:04 PM ET
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Looking at their schedule ... he'll have plenty of opportunity to light 'em up.

Yeah USC's schedule is fairly easy this year, it looks like they might have 3/4 tough games. Barkley should be able to take advamntage of their schedule.

 
March 24, 2012  07:07 PM ET
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Who's getting Sabaned?

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