As USC tries to find its offensive footing in 2013, Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler is attempting to do the same.
Kessler, a first-year starter taking over for the departed Matt Barkley, has struggled mightily this year and often looked lost and confused.
As a result, USC's offense has been anemic—in stark contrast to what has been a very stout defense in 2013.
Of course, to blame Kessler solely for the offense's lack of production would be disingenuous. He has had plenty of help on this road to mediocrity.
Starting with an underperforming offensive line that has done little to protect him, even his receivers—including All-American Marqise Lee—have been inconsistent this year.
All of which has contributed to a woeful stat line for Kessler. His 61 percent completion percentage masks an ineffective passing game which hasn't been able to assert itself.
This slideshow will look at Kessler so far in 2013 and offer a grade for his performance in several areas.
How bad has Kessler been and how much of this is his fault?
Here is one person's opinion.