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08:21 AM ET 12.18 | Though neither is expected to play in USC's New Year's Eve bowl game, eyes are nonetheless on Max Wittek and Cody Kessler. Coach Lane Kiffin said he expects [Matt Barkley] to play in the Sun Bowl, but said Barkley won't practice until the team arrives in El Paso on Dec. 26.That would give Barkley five practices, at most, to get ready for game action after more than a month off. ... USC is treating these non-Barkley practices as a spring preview. Wittek and Kessler, both redshirt freshmen, shared reps with the first-team linemen and receivers in practice Saturday and will do so throughout the next couple weeks. The competition will be open in the spring, with Wittek and Kessler likely to be joined by highly touted recruit Max Browne.

The Orange County Register

Matt Barkley, Icon Sports Matt Barkley, Icon Sports
December 18, 2012  08:29 AM ET

Cody Kessler the next QB at USC......

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December 18, 2012  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Doesnt matter.. Kiffin still the HC

Yeah but there is only one Kiffin now so they might have a chance.

Now if Layla were to join the staff, instant NC.

(I may get a nasty note for that one.)

December 18, 2012  08:38 AM ET

Lame may surpass Mack Brown as far as doing the least with the most talent.

December 18, 2012  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Cody Kessler the next QB at USC......

I thought Wittek looked pretty good in his outing... Granted it was a loss, but he certainly showed promise. What is it about Kessler that makes this a slam dunk in your estimation?

December 18, 2012  08:41 AM ET
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Yeah but there is only one Kiffin now so they might have a chance.

One Kiffin is still one too many when it is the younger that is left on the staff!

December 18, 2012  09:02 AM ET
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Now if Layla were to join the staff, instant NC.

All the top recruits would flood in.

December 18, 2012  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Now if Layla were to join the staff, instant NC.

She would be a cool administrative HC. She would be a big plus recruiting, and get USCw plenty of TV time...

What's Coach Kiffin wearing on the sidelines, today, Bob?
[unintelligible]
Bob?
[unintelligible]
Bob? Jim (producer), this is Larry. You better get the EMTs in here, pronto. Bob's not well.

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December 18, 2012  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

or fall in

I was thinking they'd keeep coming in...

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December 18, 2012  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

might have to tie a rope around their waist

Got red x'd...

December 18, 2012  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

hmmm

LMFAO

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December 18, 2012  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

hmmm

That's disturbing.

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December 18, 2012  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I thought Wittek looked pretty good in his outing... Granted it was a loss, but he certainly showed promise. What is it about Kessler that makes this a slam dunk in your estimation?

USC is bring in a true freashman (Max Browne) from Washington State.

 
December 18, 2012  10:09 AM ET
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Exactly my thoughts as well. Will be better served for a coach competition.

Very strange comment coming from a Kentucky fan!!! LOL.

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