The USC football season is approaching and the starting quarterback for the Trojans will be…
Well, we don’t know that yet. Even after the Hawaii game we still might not know. USC fans may have to start considering going to the first few games with both Cody Kessler and Max Wittek splitting reps.
This wouldn’t be the first time we have seen this done at a major college program. We saw Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer use a two quarterback system in 2007 when he used redshirt junior Sean Glennon and freshman Tyrod Taylor for most of the season. The Hookies finished the season with a respectable 11-3 record and an Orange Bowl appearance.
Most recently we saw Notre Dame start the 2012 season with two quarterbacks in Tommy Rees and Everett Golson. When one quarterback struggled, head coach Brian Kelly interchanged them and his gamble seemed to pay off. This seemed to work so well for the team, as Notre Dame finished the regular season with a 12-0 record and a shot at the National championship.
USC is known for recruiting some of the best talent in the nation and most recently, the top quarterbacks. It seems a little difficult to believe that Lane Kiffin is seven days away from the start of the season and has yet to determine who will start for the Trojans.
Is the competition so flawless that it is like choosing between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady? Or should Trojans fans worry that no quarterback has put his mark on the first team and we may be in for another long season?
The two quarterback system at Troy will not work. For one, the coaches who have had success with this strategy have had two different styles of quarterbacks. One quarterback is a pocket passer while the other threatened the defense with his legs. Although Kessler is the most mobile of the quarterbacks, he is not Cam Newton or Johnny Manziel. Wittek has the stronger arm, but it is not far superior to Kessler’s.
When it comes to the intangibles, both quarterbacks are on opposite sides of the spectrum. Kessler seems to be a vocal leader in the huddle and likes to go out and have a good time on the field. Wittek on the other hand is more calm and reserved. He likes to keep everything in order and go out and execute the play perfectly.
If USC goes deep into the season using the two-quarterback system, not only will it be tough on the QBs, but it will also disrupt the huddle. One quarterback is full of energy and the other mellow and zeroed in on execution.
At this point USC fans are not worried about who will be under center, but rather if any of these quarterbacks can deliver the Ws because in the end that is all that matters.