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Kiffin: USC to play 2 QBs in opener

Max Wittek #13 of the USC Trojans warms up before the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
USC QBs Max Wittek (pictured) and Cody Kessler will share playing time Thursday.
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LOS ANGELES (AP)

Quarterbacks Max Wittek and Cody Kessler both will play for No. 24 Southern California in its season opener next week.

Coach Lane Kiffin said Saturday that he couldn't pick a starting quarterback after a full offseason of evaluation.

So both sophomores will get snaps Thursday at Hawaii. Kiffin says the coaches will decide on a starter after they arrive in Honolulu.

Kiffin thinks Wittek and Kessler are even in their competition to succeed Matt Barkley, the Trojans' four-year starter. Wittek started two games last season for USC, while Kessler had a strong training camp this month.

Kiffin says the situation isn't ideal, and he hopes a No. 1 quarterback emerges eventually.

USC's coaches don't have to limit their offensive choices with either quarterback in the game, Kiffin says.

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