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Matt Barkley has exhausted his eligibility so a new starter will have to be identified. Most fans thought USC had their man in Max Wittek, who is now a redshirt sophomore. Wittek had respectable stats against Notre Dame going 14-of-23 for 186 yards, 1 touchdown, two interceptions and a 53-yard bomb.
But in the 2012 Sun Bowl, Wittek's stock slipped after only completing 14 of 37 passes for 107 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
Incoming freshman Max Browne could be a serious challenger for the starting spot. Browne has enrolled early so he has already made it clear he wants to compete for the starting spot. While it's rare for a USC quarterback to start as a true freshman, Matt Barkley did exactly that.
Cody Kessler may be the sleeper of the bunch. Kessler is also be a redshirt sophomore this season and he's been patiently waiting behind Matt Barkley. He doesn't have as much experience as Wittek but he's perfect in his career passing stats: 2-for-2, nine yards.
This competition will probably not be decided until fall practice ends but the competition in the spring should show two leaders emerging.