Five things we've learned in spring 

March, 18, 2013
Cody Kessler, Max WittekCal Sport Media/AP ImagesCody Kessler (6) is looking to leap past Max Wittek (13) and become USC's starting quarterback.

Through the first two weeks of spring practice, here are five things we've learned about the USC football team:

1. Cody Kessler is playing like a man looking for a starting spot: It was only a few short months ago, as the Trojans prepared for the Sun Bowl, that Max Wittek was the odds-on choice to replace Matt Barkley as the USC quarterback. Kessler responded to that talk by coming out strong in spring and taking advantage of a minor knee injury to Wittek by performing well with the extended reps. In the two spring scrimmages, Kessler is a combined 25 of 34 for 353 yards and one touchdown.