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Utes linebacker ready to tackle best friend

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Utes linebacker Jared Norris can't wait to take on his best friend, USC quarterback Cody Kessler this Saturday at the Coliseum.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Nobody on the Utah football team knows USC quarterback Cody Kessler better than linebacker Jared Norris. Norris and Kessler have known each other since elementary school and became best friends at Centennial High School in Bakersfield, California.

This Saturday at the Coliseum, Norris will be trying to put his BFF on the turf.

"I'm going to try to do that as many times as I can," Norris said with a smile. "When you get the chance to play on a big stage against one of your brothers, you can't hold back."

Norris and Kessler keep in contact regularly. They call each other at least once a week, but there won't be any contact this week, until kickoff, of course.

"I can try to get in his head a little bit," Norris said. "I'm going to say stuff to him even if I don't get him down [on the turf]. But, he's one of my best buddies, and it's going to be fun to play against him."

Norris has developed into one of Utah's best defenders, as he is second on the team in tackles with 31. His buddy Kessler is trying to turn around the Trojans' tumultuous season, having taken over the starting quarterback job five games ago.

"He's just been a baller all his life," Norris said. "He just makes plays. He's got a leadership type of mentality. He can take guys under his wing and really lead his team to success. That's what he did in high school."

But this isn't high school anymore, and for a few hours on Saturday, Jared Norris and Cody Kessler won't act like best friends.
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