Kessler wants the ball

LOS ANGELES -- There's something about Cody.

That's a common refrain around USC these days, with everyone eager to debate the next great Trojans' football question: Who wins the backup job to Matt Barkley and automatically becomes Lane Kiffin's quarterback of the future?

It has settled into a two-way springtime duel between redshirt freshmen Max Wittek and Cody Kessler.