Posted January 30, 2014

Report: USC QB Max Wittek to transfer; will be immediately eligible

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Max Wittek will graduate throwing just 95 passes in his career with the Trjoans. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

USC quarterback Max Wittek, who backed up Cody Kessler for much of the 2013 season, will forgo spring practice, graduate in the spring and transfer to another program, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Wittek will have two seasons of eligibility remaining as a graduate student.

According to the report, Wittek said he is looking for the right feel with another school.

“I had talked to Coach [Steve Sarkisian] a couple of times,” Wittek said. “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 split reps with Kessler for the first two games of the 2013 season before former coach Lane Kiffin tabbed Kessler as the full-time starter. Wittek completed 50-of-95 passes for 600 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions in his Trojan career.

The departure of Wittek leaves USC with Kessler, redshirt freshman Max Browne and freshman Jalen Greene as its three scholarship passers. Barring a push from Browne in spring practice, it seems likely Sarkisian will open the 2014 season with Kessler as his starter.

17 comments
ChaseWalsh3
ChaseWalsh3

feel bad for the guy.  his family moved all the way to Cali just for him to play at SC.

alhmiel1
alhmiel1

Tansfer to Army or navy for the country

Joel1
Joel1

College football is going the way of one-year wonders just like college basketball.


ucla2k3
ucla2k3

SC should've just kept Ed Orgeron as coach. Will be a long time until the Trojans reach another 10-win season.

ChanceArmstrong
ChanceArmstrong

@Joel1  Well both should be able to leave after high school if they choose. Granted most are nowhere near good enough but they should be able to decide that for themselves. 

berdosux
berdosux

@Joel1except for the fact that you have to play until your junior or redshirt sophomore season...

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

@ucla2k3   Wrong. I'm a UCLA fan but, the truth is, Sark brought with him the best young defensive coordinator in the game and a handful of other top notch assistants. 

jefmc59
jefmc59

@ucla2k3  Trojans might win 10 games next season, and Orgeron was NOT the answer to the program. 

KennyWalters
KennyWalters

@ChanceArmstrong @Joel1  No.  The professional teams should be allowed to determine who they want to contract with.  In the NFL, they have chosen to wait until players have gone 3 years past high school graduation.  


jefmc59
jefmc59

@positivewins @jefmc59 @ucla2k3 You just said it will be a long time before they win 10 games, and now you say maybe they will if they win their Bowl game, so which is it?  USC has a chance to win every game on their schedule, not saying they will but every team on the schedule is beatable.