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USC Spring Practice Preview: Quarterbacks

USC's new quarterback will have big shoes to fill after the departure of Cody Kessler.

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As USC football begins spring practice this week, we will be previewing each position. First up: Quarterbacks. With Cody Kessler gone after graduating, USC will have to replace a quarterback that threw for over 10,300 yards and 88 touchdowns in three years as the signal-caller for the Trojans.


The favorite to win the starting job is redshirt junior Max Browne. Browne was one of the top quarterbacks coming out of Washington in 2013 and has only 19 passing attempts in his career. Browne used his redshirt during the 2013 season and has two years left of eligibility. Browne has a cannon for an arm and has more mobility than Cody Kessler.

Sam Darnold also has a chance to win the starting job. Darnold redshirted last year and was named USC's Offensive Service Team Player of the Year. The redshirt freshman has tons of mobility and it would be interesting to see if USC would create more quarterback design runs if Darnold wins the job. His 6'4" frame makes it tough for defenders to bring him down.


After graduating early, Matt Fink has already started taking classes at USC and will participate during spring practice. Fink, a three-star prospect out of Glendora High, had over 2,200 total yards and 31 touchdowns during his senior year at Glendora. Listed at 6'3'' and 180 pounds, Fink will need to add some weight this spring and it will be interesting to see how he does especially since he and Darnold are both extremely athletic.