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Report: USC QB Max Wittek will transfer

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USC quarterback Max Wittek has decided to skip spring practice, graduate and then transfer to another school to play his final two seasons, he told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday.

Because he will have his undergraduate degree, the redshirt sophomore will be able to play immediately at an FBS school under the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule.

Wittek informed USC head coach Steve Sarkisian of the decision on Wednesday.

“I had talked to Coach a couple of times,” Wittek told the Times. “What it really came down to was a feel for me…. Getting my degree from such a great university will mean a lot, and ultimately, allowing me to play right away with two years to play was the best way to go.”

Wittek started the final two games of 2012 after Matt Barkley got injured, but he couldn’t secure the starting job in 2013 after Barkley departed as Cody Kessler took the vast majority of the snaps and started every game. Wittek ended his USC career with 600 passing yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions.

He is undecided on where he will end up playing.

“At the very beginning I’ll be open to anything to keep that spectrum open,” he said. “I hope to narrow it down to a few schools I feel comfortable with.”

With Kessler firmly entrenched as USC’s starter, it makes sense for Wittek to transfer. The Mater Dei High product should be an attractive option for any quarterback-starved schools out there. He is big (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) with a cannon for an arm. He just needs some seasoning.

As for USC, it will head into the fall with Kessler, redshirt freshman Max Browne and true freshman Jalen Greene at quarterback. The Trojans better hope Kessler stays healthy behind a rebuilt offensive line or things could get dicey in Sarkisian’s first season at USC.

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13 Responses to “Report: USC QB Max Wittek will transfer”
  1. mydixienormus says: Jan 29, 2014 11:04 PM

    Play this drinking game. Watch a Sark press conference and drink everytime he licks his lips.

    You will be wicked hammered!!

  2. Professor Fate says: Jan 29, 2014 11:51 PM

    Sorry to hear this. When he played earlier last season I wondered if he was held back by Kiffin’s predictable play-calling or something else. Kiffin made some strange choices regarding some of the starters (how does Buck Allen not get any playing time until after Kiffin’s departure?) so it’s possible Wittek could have competed for the job this year, but with the QBs on the roster he’s likely to get more playing time elsewhere.

    Wittek’s a California kid so there’s a good chance he’ll land at Fresno State as they will need a replacement for Derek Carr next year. In any event I wish him well and wouldn’t be surprised in the least if he turns out to make a big contribution wherever he plays.

  3. thekatman says: Jan 30, 2014 12:59 AM

    This was eventually to happen.
    I wish Max all the best wherever he may land.
    See you in the NFL.. and always remember to Fight On.

  4. pdcooper08 says: Jan 30, 2014 1:39 AM

    This was a smart move, as he would have never played again. He gets a degree worth more then gold and he can go find a place where he hopefully can compete at.

    Those comparing him to Arron Corp are not even close. Arron was a much better athlete and QB. He like Max, never really got a good chance.

    After watching Max both in HS and SC, I felt he lacked in his ability to make decisions and figure out what the defense was doing to him. I rated him average at best.

  5. addict2sport says: Jan 30, 2014 8:38 AM

    Pretty impressive to see a kid graduate high school in seven semesters then go to USC and earn a degree in seven semesters. As a college football fan that is great to see. I’m sure he’ll take heat for not staying and competing. Smart move though in my opinion. He’s got the degree from a prestigious school and now he can go to a place where he can get on the field and play right away. Wish him nothing but success wherever he ends up.

  6. fmlizard says: Jan 30, 2014 9:25 AM

    He should try Minnesota. They have a pretty solid team but nada at QB.

  7. thraiderskin says: Jan 30, 2014 10:29 AM

    Wisconsin is probably drooling as we speak.

  8. trojan33sc says: Jan 30, 2014 3:51 PM

    If he signs with Fresno State then he will play USC in their first game of the season next year ! That would be awesome !!!

  9. wvuandsteelers says: Jan 30, 2014 4:37 PM

    West Virginia!! God knows we need the help.

  10. sfsugator says: Jan 30, 2014 8:29 PM

    I hope he signs with fresno state because Sc will pick him off 7 times. There is a reason he is transferring. He’s not that good.

  11. jkaflagg says: Jan 30, 2014 9:19 PM

    Maybe some folks can help me out on some of the details on how this rule works:

    -Does Wittek get a scholarship to cover his graduate studies ? If so, that that count against the scholarship limits? And how is academic eligibility determined for a graduate student ? Does he really have to go to class or show academic progress?

    Also, I remember at one time a transfer of this sort was only possible when the new school has an academic program that the original school does not; I assume this is no longer the case ?

    Thanks to anyone who can answer these questions !

  12. pdcooper08 says: Jan 30, 2014 11:41 PM

    Yes he will be on scholarship in the Masters program and will have two years of athletic eligibility remaining. He will have to choose a school that offers a Masters program that SC does not.

  13. thekatman says: Jan 30, 2014 11:51 PM

    Though I don’t speak for Max Wittek as an individual, I speak for common sense and that Max does not pick a school purely on its academic merit, but on its ability to showcase his QB skills and talent at its maximum benefit to get him an early slot in the NFL Draft, wouldn’t you?

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