Lane Kiffin On QB Race

If the the hope was today’s scrimmage would settle the quarterback race, it really only made things murkier. Max Wittek was sharp and accurate while Cody Kessler threw two interceptions (one or both tipped by Marqise Lee). Kessler performed well in the second half.
The running game was fairly non-existent. Lane Kiffin said the fact the backs were not allowed to break tackles limited them.
But back to quarterback, now what? I suspect that if Kiffin wants Wittek, this gave him some positive assurance. If he wants Kessler, this is just a mock game anyways.
“I don’t know that today cleared it up more,” Kiffin said.

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  • L’Angelo Misterioso

    There never was any “QB race” as Kiffin was going to start Wittek all along.

    • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

      LOL either this guy is a fucla troll, or he is more negative than Wolf himself. Stop being such a glass half empty douchebag and wait to see how things play out.

      • L’Angelo Misterioso

        Stop being such a sunshine pumper and get your pom pom out of your azz

  • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

    THis has a familiar ring to it: a struggling football team is unable to choose a clear starter just days before the season opener, while the cross-town rival has a Heisman hopeful and no QB question whatsoever. The worm has turned, boys and girls.

    • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

      LOL I’m sorry but Hundley will never be a serious contender for the Heisman.

      • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

        LOL. Jealous because our freshman dominated SC’s defense last year and had a better year than your “vaunted Heisman hopeful”? Silly little Trojan. But hey, good luck with Kessler and Wittek….(stifling a laugh)

        • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

          Everybody dominated USC’s defense last year. But in all sincerity, congratulations on your once-in-a-decade win.

          • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

            Well, to be accurate, we beat you twice this past decade. But in all sincerily, it’s a shame for you that UCLA landed BOTH Fitts and Vanderdoes. They sure could have brought much-needed help to pUSC’s paper-thin DL.

          • Joe Blow

            I don’t think you’ll even beat Nevada!

          • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

            That’s a good one. We are favored by 20 over Nevada, a team that went 7-6 last year, including a heartbreaking 49-48 loss to Arizona in their bowl, and you guys are favored by 22 over a lowly Hawaii team that went 3-6 and finished dead last in the same conference. Go Norm Chow!

          • Joe Blow

            Yap Yap Yap. Wake me up when the bRuins do something. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

          • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

            Okay Joe, so basically if I don’t respond to your question, you say I’m a pu+s+s, but if you dodge (by basically sticking your fingers in your ears and going la-la-la-la), it’s okay? You said you didn’t think UCLA would beat Nevada, which is silly. So at least illuminate us with your wisdom and tell us WHY you think a 20-point favorite is going to lose…

          • Trojan Hoarse

            Sure, it would have been nice to have both Fitts and Vanderdoes…two guys who didn’t keep their word and honor their “verbal commitment” to USC… and Ellis McCarthy would have been a nice addition last year, as well…..but our rearview mirror is broken….UCLA is heavily favored to win the South…..let’s see whether or not they crumble from the pressure of carrying these lofty expectations…..and for the record, I’ll take our paper-thin DL line over UCLA’s DL any day of the week, especially on Saturdays……

          • ThaiMex

            You forgot to add something to the rest of your dumb statement. It goes something like… ..”Our 75 blah blah blah….” (BTW, your 75 finished 1 game above 500 last season….This year…LIMBO U will live up to its name)
            fit UN torgan!

          • Trojan Hoarse

            We shall see by the end of year, Senor Street Meat Vendor…..Enjoy another bag of pork rinds….

          • SaferInWestwood

            That was great “our 75″ their “75″ couldn’t touch our 11 but out 11(Barr) sure hit that a$$…

            “It’s routine to me” – CJM

          • SaferInWestwood

            You guys have a DLine??

          • Trojan Hoarse

            I guess we’ll find out on November 30th, won’t we?

          • EncinitasBruin

            Fitts got caught in a game of musical chairs with the limited schollies and the early enrollment conundrum. He did not dishonor his commitment to SC. Second, kids flip all the time on their verbals–Vanderdoes heads to ND, where Kelly lies to him about special academic needs for the kid, so he leaves due to false advertising. That is why the NCAA allowed the transfer. No dishonor there.

          • MichiganTrojan

            Don’t forget, most outsiders weren’t anticipating much from Hundley last year. He snuck up and gave UCLA a new, more wide open look. With an offseason’s worth of game-planning and no Justin Davis to lean on (whose your starting RB again?), and your 7 foot TE gone, Hundley is going to have a big fat target on his back this year.

            For our match-up, at the very least, he won’t have a Tampa 2 to take his time and look at. The “Cover 0″ is much more aggressive and downhill. It’ll take a strong push from your O-Line and one of those currently faceless TBs for you to pull off a repeat.

        • Jethro G Sabbath

          Bucket?

  • http://www.lolz.com/ Doink The Clown

    I don’t care when the starter is announced as long as it’s the right choice. With that said, the gameplan for the opener has to begin in the next day or two and there should be a choice made since each brings a different style of play. Cody could end up being a “gamer” from what it sounds, but not the pocket passer that Lane wants. Why not go with two QBs into the first game and stick with the “hot hand” in the second half at this point.

    Side note: When was the last time a ucla team actually lived up to high expectations in anything?

    • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

      Last year when we dominated you in the Rose Bowl. and won the Pac-12 South. This year when our baseball team won the national championship.

      • Joe Blow

        And how many national championships have you won in football and or MEN’S sports?

        • Bill

          How many of those 7 National Championships aren’t shared?

          • Joe Blow

            Your only ONE IS SHARED.

      • http://www.lolz.com/ Doink The Clown

        The ucla brand of “high” expectations is different than most teams, I suppose. The water mark of high expectation must be to beat your rival and if you lose three games to close a season who cares because the team beat USC. Most people would agree that expecting to win Rose Bowls and Awards constitute “high expectations”. Keep hanging your hat on such things as 8 in a row, just remember USC won more Rose Bowls during that period.

        The bruin baseball story was nice, but did anyone outside of the team clubhouse put high expectations on that team? I know the media doesn’t cover college baseball like football or basketball, so I can’t imagine there being much pressure to win when no one is watching.

        Here’s my experience with bruins and high expectations: bruins beat Miami and get to play in first BCS game, fall flat against and ‘Canes make Edgerrin James famous, then let Ron Dayne run all over them for an encore. We can throw in the 2001 collapse too, just to find something a bit more recent.

        **Unsure how ucla owns the Rose Bowl, since USC has twice the wins to ucla appearances

        • EncinitasBruin

          Well, UCLA is the winningest program in college sports. How exactly is that a “low brand expectation”? Yeah, I know, the “women’s sports don’t count,” according to folks who discount women (try telling that to my 17-year-old daughter who has 5 offers to play NCAA lacrosse, and she’ll challenge you to race her in the 40–she runs a 4.9, by the way). But okay, I’ll bite: UCLA owns 72 men’s national championships to USC’s 82.

          • Joe Blow

            What’s her bra size?

          • http://www.lolz.com/ Doink The Clown

            So you don’t count women’s sports along with other people? Is that what you are saying here? No matter that, but are you also saying that every women’s sport has the expectation to win a title every year and has the entire nation watching to see if they do and gets written about in the media on a daily basis for an entire off season and regular season?

            Sorry it took so long to reply I had to put down pre-season gymnastics mag to catch up on which coaches are in the hot seat.

            The point has been missed here and I have no idea why women’s sports got brought into this discussion, much less your daughters desire to challenge people on message boards to a race.

          • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

            You missed my point: You made a blanket statement (above) that UCLA has a low brand of expectations, which I found humorous since UCLA is the winningest athletic program in college sports, with 110 national championships. Typcially SC folks dismiss UCLA as the nation’s leader, claiming that “women’s championships don’t count.” It’s refreshing to find an SC fan who supports women’s sports and acknowledges UCLA’s 110 national championships.

          • EncinitasBruin

            You missed my point. Above you said UCLA has a low bar for expectations. I was saying how ridiculous that is because UCLA is the winningest program in college sports with 110 national championships–how in the world is that a “low bar”? Lots of SC people counter by saying that women’s championships don’t count. So, I am glad to see you support women’s athletics, as I do, and thus acknowledge UCLA’s position as the most winning program in college athletics. At least one forward-thinking Trojan is a good start.

          • http://www.lolz.com/ Doink The Clown

            A history of winning titles, got it. How many of those titles in the last 20-25 years were by teams favored in their sport before the season? That is a better stated question. I’m just going to guess Men’s Soccer and Women’s softball are the best bets without any research.

          • EncinitasBruin

            I am sure you are correct, but again, define what a “relevant” sport is? I happen to believe that women’s softball, men’s baseball, men’s volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s gymnastics, men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, track and field (all sports that UCLA has won titles in over the past 25 years) are ALL relevant sports. That’s cool if you don’t. I am not even trying to argue that UCLA has a richer football tradition than USC–that’s ridiculous, and beyond argument with SC’s 11 championships. But when we start slicing and dicing what sports are “more important” than others, it just becomes subjective. If you are trying to sway me into somehow believe SC has a better all-around history in athletics than UCLA, you will never get me to believe that, with all due respect.

      • B.Miller

        When was the last time UCLA won the Pac-10/12?

        • http://www.lolz.com/ Doink The Clown

          The better question is to ask when they’ve won a Rose Bowl. I don’t think any of their current players were even alive to see it

  • john wolcott

    Got to love this third grade, “My dad can beat up your dad.” ‘Class’ is not a word you hear much these days.

    If Kiff is indeed perplexed, he should give both quarterbacks a shot at Hawaii, one half each.

  • socaldude

    Would A.J McCarron the Alabama qb sit on the USC bench because he didn’t go to Mater Dei with the O.C. connection and was shorter than Wittek and didn’t have a fastball clocked at 95 mph?

    You have to cut open their chest, look at the heart and see who the guy is that will go to the wall and thrives in pressure moments and steps up under adversity. El Paso was scary with Wittek’s total melt down and look of get me out of here. That was his road game just as Hawaii is a road game.

    McCarron leads the team, manages the game, makes the passes that have to be made and has the confidence of his team. Tthat sounds more like Kessler, who is a better athlete in the position.

    Height is over-rated. Would Drew Brees, Doug Flutie and Russel Wilson sit on the USC bench because they didn’t have the right height, arm strength and connections?

    • MichiganTrojan

      He also operates behind 8-10 future NFL offensive linemen. If SC ran the ball 2/3 of the game in a defense-first league like Bama in the SEC, it’d be a fair comparison. When was the last time you saw McCarron make a play when he absolutely had to, with the game on the line? That guy will get crushed in the NFL.

      As for our guys, I agree with the sentiment, Kessler plays with more moxie at the moment, gotta go with the confidence. We have so many weapons “underneath” the 35yd+ pass (Grimble, Telfer, Rogers, Pinner, quick slants, dumps, etc) I don’t think the long ball will much until we can effectively utilize those guys/plays.

  • B.Miller

    HOW HARD IS IT FOR KIFFIN (OC) To build an identity for the offense? RUN THE FRICKING BALL KIFFIN GEES! Instill that into your OL And players.. HOW HARD IS IT?

  • EncinitasBruin

    Nov. 30 is three months away and the Wolfman’s blog is already heating up on the rivalry front. Good to see–been a long time since UCLA actually had anything to brag about.

    SC is rebuilding. That’s not a position the Trojans are used to, but there you are. I think they are a bit under-rated at #24, and will most likely win at least 9 due to the forgiving schedule (see UCLA’s schedule last season with no Oregon, and softer road schedule). The big question mark for SC is QB. Frankly, it does feel like the “wilderness” years when UCLA–except for that one freakish season from Drew Olsen–went season after season struggling to find an elite QB. Cade McNown was the last elite QB the Bruins had before Hundley (14 long years!), and without a great QB, you don’t beat your cross-town rival. Now, between SC’s three guys, I believe one will emerge. I’d put my money on Wittek this season, Browne in years to come.

    For UCLA, to deny that Hundley is a Heisman candidate is ignorant. He’s on nearly everyone’s Top 20 list. Candidate? Yes. Serious contender? Not yet. He’d have to equal his amazing stats from last year, and UCLA would have to win at least 10 games, return to the Pac-12 title game, and win a significant bowl for him to crack the top 5. I don’t see that happening this year with the loss of Franklin and Fauria–two elite targets that took the pressure off of Hundley and allowed him to flourish.

    The X Factors for UCLA this year? RB and defensive backfield. If Damien Thigpen is healthy, he should emerge as one of the most underrated backs in the nation. He is freakishly fast AND quick, a rare combo, and is one of the best RB’s out of the backfield in the Pac-12. If you doubt me, watch the tape of the game last year in the Rose Bowl. Trojans had no answer for him. If Thigpen is not full strength (due to knee injury and rehab after SC game last year), then Hundley will be running for his life behind a very young, but talented, OL. However, for the first time in a long time, UCLA has a better LB crew than any Pac-12 school.

    And don’t discount UCLA’s “nameless” receiving corps. Some very good talent in Evans, Lucien, Manfro, and Fuller.

    The fan in me says UCLA can win 9-10, but the realist says 8-4 would be a great achievement, what with the brutal road sched (Oregon, Stanford on road, back to back)–and IF Hundley and Barr (recovering from concussion) stay healthy.

    Let the games begin.