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Which Player Is What Number?

Coach Lane Kiffin has stated that the number switch on Saturday with Cody Kessler was "within the rules."

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

USC quarterback Cody Kessler usually wears No. 6.

But for the first half against Colorado, Kessler donned No. 35 on special teams, a number worn by punter Kyle Negrete.

"We change jerseys all the time with our guys," USC Coach Lane Kiffin said Tuesday. "We'll change some more this week. Everything's within college rules."

If I'm Colorado, there surely had to be at least some confusion. If Kessler is just there to hold for extra points and field goals, then fine. But allowing him to run for a 2-point conversion, that's pretty deceiving for a team that thinks a punter is running than a bigger, more athletic quarterback.

Per Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times:

The NCAA football rule book includes a section called the "The Football Code" which is part of the American Football Coaches Assn.'s Code of Ethics. In a list of "unethical practices," the first item is "Changing numbers during the game to deceive the opponent."