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Lane Kiffin Names Cody Kessler Starting Quarterback

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Kiffin goes with the presumptive favorite over fellow redshirt sophomore Max Wittek.

Stephen Dunn

UPDATE 3:26 p.m.: The athletic department released a mini-presser of Kiffin explaining his decision to go with Kessler.

Well, a decision has been made. Cody Kessler has been tapped as the season's starting signal caller. The athletic department announced head coach Lane Kiffin's move minutes ago.

This isn't entirely surprising. Kessler was given the first chance in each of the two games this season to show what he can do. While his numbers haven't impressed anyone by any measure (18-for-32, 136 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 1 rushing TD), the Bakersfield native performed better than fellow QB Max Wittek (8-for-18, 90 yards, 1 TD).

The game planning will now exclusively revolve around Kessler, as Kiffin said it would.

Calling the offense a "hot mess" would be knock on true "hot messes" everywhere. The team managed 193 yards, 163 due to the running and receiving styles of Tre Madden.