COLUMN: QB battle leads to versatility on offense

Covering a quarterback competition isn’t really that fun. Sure, it’s always interesting, even tense. It can be especially thought-provoking depending on how different the respective playing styles and assets are of the leading candidates. It’s the most important position in football, and therefore the most important personnel decision a coach has to make. But at […]

Sarkisian made the right QB decision

On Tuesday, as predicted by just about everyone, coach Steve Sarkisian named Cody Kessler as USC’s starting quarterback. This news comes as no surprise to anyone who has watched spring ball this year (or read my column last week). “He’s earned it and he deserves it,” Sarkisian said of Kessler. Indeed, last season’s starter was […]

Kessler shows he’s the man for the job

When handicapping Arizona State’s three-way quarterback competition last fall, most onlookers narrowed their gaze to strong-armed sophomore Mike Bercovici and fleet-footed freshman Michael Eubank. Redshirt junior Taylor Kelly only entered the discussion as the safe, yet altogether vanilla, fallback — a game manager who could split the difference between the other two quarterbacks’ strengths. Coming […]

Max Browne changes QB battle

The quarterback situation at USC just got a little bit more interesting. On Wednesday night, quarterback Max Browne of Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash., verbally committed to USC, after a three-day unofficial visit to campus. According to, Browne is the No. 1 overall prospect at his position in the 2013 class. The 6-foot-5, […]

Backup QB debate heats up

Spring 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. […]

Sills’ recruitment a sign of the times

Less than a week ago, most people were praising Lane Kiffin’s recruiting tactics after, according to, he signed the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation. That praise may have been a bit premature. It was reported Thursday that the new USC football coach spoke to 13-year-old star quarterback David Sills, a seventh-grade student […]