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"Cody Kessler made more plays this spring and was more consistent than Max Wittek, but Wittek has an arm that will make NFL scouts swoon. Coach Lane Kiffin doesn't seem to be in a hurry to name a starter, so the competition is almost certain to go at least a week or two into fall camp. And, with a fairly forgiving early schedule, I almost wonder if Kiffin might give both guys a chance when the lights are on."
"However, as unlikely as it might be, Kiffin could be bold and creative and elect to alternate his quarterbacks, since each possesses a different style for the coach's pro-style offense.
In Wittek, Kiffin has a quarterback with a powerful arm who can make all the throws. Wittek has the speed to run if necessary and physically looks the part of a future NFL signal caller. The knock on Wittek is his passing consistency and his less-than-impressive performance in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. The former Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei quarterback, however, did an admirable job in his first start, filling in for the injured Matt Barkley in a 22-13 loss to Notre Dame in the Coliseum.
Conversely, Kessler is all about possibilities and intrigue. The former Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial High All-State performer and former California Gatorade Player of the Year is the opposite of Wittek. Kessler is what coaches call a "gamer," meaning he can make something out of nothing and plays his best in games. Most agree Kessler was the most efficient and productive quarterback in the spring"