Updates from Thursday, Sept. 4
Michael Lev of the Orange County Register updated Cody Kessler's status:
#USC QB Cody Kessler did extra throws after practice. Appeared to be moving around better than Wednesday.— Michael Lev (@MichaelJLev) September 4, 2014
USC starting quarterback Cody Kessler will not let a foot injury prevent him from playing in one of the biggest games of the season.
According to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, the junior missed practice on Tuesday as he was "treated for an infection." Head coach Steve Sarkisian explained the issue to reporters:
He had a deal with his toe that had been bothering him throughout the ballgame. We felt like we wanted to take care of it sooner rather than later.
This morning was the first chance we could to have a procedure done to get it, in our opinion, cleaned up.... It obviously didn't affect his play Saturday.
Michael Lev of the Orange County Register disputes reports regarding what type of infection Kessler was battling:
I've been told that, contrary to reports, #USC QB Cody Kessler did not have a staph infection in his toe.— Michael Lev (@MichaelJLev) September 3, 2014
College Football Fox Sports indicates Kessler returned to practice Wednesday:
#USC QB Cody Kessler returned to practice today, a day after sitting out while recovering from a toe procedure to treat an infection.— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 3, 2014
Ryan Abraham of USCFootball.com notes the quarterback was ready to compete on Wednesday.
Sark said Cody Kessler and Leonard Williams were "ready to go. "— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) September 3, 2014
Kessler is coming off one of the best games of his career in Week 1, totaling 394 passing yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He also added 28 rushing yards and another touchdown on the ground in the 52-13 win over Fresno State.
Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports points out this game had a big effect on his Heisman potential:
Biggest movers in Heisman odds in WK 1 beside KennyHill: Gurley from 14/1 to 7/1; Hackenberg 50/1 to 25/1; Kessler 66/1 to 33/1, per Bovada— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) September 2, 2014
However, things will be much tougher against No. 13 Stanford and the defense that shut out UC Davis 45-0 in the Cardinal's first game. While it is obviously still early in the year, this is an important battle that could easily be a preview of the Pac-12 Championship Game.
The Trojans will certainly hope Kessler is 100 percent for the first conference game of the season. Otherwise, freshman Max Browne will be asked to take over the role after going 3-of-4 for 30 yards in his first appearance on Saturday.
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