USC Trojans starting quarterback Cody Kessler was named the starter over Max Wittek by new head coach Ed Oregeron, so that’s probably one reason why he is such a fan of “Coach O”. However, Orgeron has always seemed like a great “player’s coach”, and I guess I partially draw that conclusion from his ability to relate with and acquire top talent for the Trojans as one of the best recruiters in the country. People giving credit for USC’s recruiting to Lane Kiffin simply glanced over Orgeron, who has always been a pivotal recruiter in the Pac-12. Orgeron is also a better coach than Kiffin, because he’s smart enough not to rotate in two quarterbacks.
Kessler looked good in the Trojans 38-31 win over the Arizona Wildcats, which gave USC its first win in conference play, as well as a win for Coach O in his first game. The QB completed just 50% of his passes, but that’s because he averaged nearly 20 yards per completion. Kessler averaged about ten yards per pass attempt with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and that certainly constitutes a great day for USC. They were finally able to get some passing offense going, and Kessler and Nelson Agholor are to thank for that. Oh, and the interim head coach, too.
ESPN Los Angeles’s Arash Markazi has a great quote from Cody Kessler, which shows just how thrilled he is to play for Ed Orgeron, “No disrespect to the coach who was here before and I’m not getting into that, but you want a coach that you will freaking just go to war for every time [like] this man here to my right. I don’t only speak for myself. I speak for the whole team. We would go to war for this guy any day of the week. Any time he needed us we have his back 100 percent.
“When you have a coach that you can see and feel that he cares about you so much and wants you to be the best that you can be and succeed, that’s love right there. I couldn’t ask for a better head coach. All of us would go to war and put our lives on the line for this man any day of the week.”