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Max Wittek | Quarterback

Team: USC Trojans
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 210

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Former USC QB Max Wittek is in the process of applying to Hawaii for the 2014 school year and says there is a "good possibility" he will walk-on the football team.
Wittek pointed out nothing is official yet and he still has to have conversations with his family along with the acceptance of his application, but everything is headed in the right direction. The Star Advertiser notes Wittek would need to sit out the 2014 season since he did not graduate from USC last spring. Jul 3 - 1:31 PM

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Former USC QB Max Wittek will not transfer to an FBS school this summer.

Wittek planned on completing his degree this summer, but that accomplishment has been delayed until December. If he transferred to an FBS program prior to earning his bachelor's, Wittek would be forced to sit out a season of football to fulfill NCAA requirements. He previously visited Hawaii and Texas. Hawaii was reportedly holding a scholarship for the quarterback, while Texas stopped recruiting him for "unknown reasons," which have now been revealed.
May 19 - 9:42 AM

The Austin American-Statesman is reported that Texas is "backing away from offering" a scholarship to former USC QB Max Wittek "for undisclosed reasons."

It's a surprising development, as Wittek visited Austin on multiple occasions, most recently for the Longhorns' spring game. With Texas out of the picture, Wittek could turn to Hawaii, whose campus he has also visited. Louisville and Pittsburgh have also been discussed as options for the former USC signal-caller, a four-star member of the 2011 recruiting class.
May 14 - 9:02 PM

Former USC QB Max Wittek visited Texas for its Saturday spring game.

This was the third time Wittek has been on the Austin campus. He's finishing up his degree at USC this spring, so he'll be eligible to play next year wherever he goes. With David Ash suffering from a foot fracture and sophomore Tyrone Swoopes unproven, the Longhorns provide a logical fit for the big-armed Wittek.
Apr 20 - 5:44 PM

Former USC QB Max Wittek "has taken multiple visits to Texas" and "is expected to make his decision in the near future," reports.

Starting QB David Ash just fractured his foot, and talented sophomore Tyrone Swoopes is untested, so new coach Charlie Strong is undoubtedly gunning for the former Trojan. The big armed Wittek is scheduled to graduate next month, so he should be eligible to play immediately in 2014. Ball placement has been a concern.
Apr 12 - 6:15 PM

Former USC QB Max Wittek's transfer options include Texas, Louisville and Hawaii, according to ESPN's Joe Schad.

Wittek will visit Texas soon. The big armed passer took over for Matt Barkley towards the end of 2012 but failed to earn the full-time starting job in 2013. Wittek will graduate this spring, so he should be eligible to play immediately for whatever program he joins.
Feb 6 - 8:08 AM

Former USC QB Max Wittek will visit Texas.

New coach Charlie Strong is already targeting big-name transfers, and Wittek would be a good QB to have around in case Tyrone Swoopes doesn't pan out long-term. Wittek is scheduled to graduate this spring, so he will be treated like a graduate transfer. Because of that, he should be eligible to play immediately. Wittek will be a redshirt junior in 2014. He has a cannon for an arm but struggles with ball placement.
Feb 5 - 5:13 PM

USC redshirt sophomore QB Max Wittek will transfer to another program and will be immediately eligible to play.

Wittek is scheduled to graduate this spring, so he will be treated like a graduate transfer. The quarterback also has two more seasons of eligibility remaining. Cody Kessler beat Wittek out for the Trojans' starting job last season, and the even younger Max Browne might be the favorite to carry that job in 2014. Wittek has an extremely strong arm but struggles with accuracy.
Source: LA Times
Jan 30 - 9:24 AM

USC head coach Lane Kiffin has picked his starting QB for the upcoming game against Washington State, but won't announce the name until kickoff.

Kiffin took the same approach prior to the game against Hawaii, ultimately choosing Cody Kessler. Kessler struggled in the early sections of the game and was replaced by Max Wittek, so we think the latter will get the call in his contest. The game appeared to be called differently for each quarterback, with Kessler focusing on passes close to the line of scrimmage and Wittek testing the downfield sections of coverage.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 11:05:00 AM

USC head coach Lane Kiffin announced the starting QB battle is between sophomore Max Wittek and redshirt sophomore Cody Kessler.

Some had speculated freshman Max Browne would also compete for that spot, but Kiffin clarified that the competition is down to two names. Wittek filled in for an injured Matt Barkley last year and is the odds on favorite. However, his downfield accuracy has struggled despite possessing excellent velocity in that area of the defense.
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 11:01:00 AM

The injury that forced USC freshman QB Max Wittek out of the team's scrimmage was diagnosed as a sprained MCL in his right knee.

"I got scared," Wittek told reporters. "Obviously it was my knee, and I’d never been hurt like that before... The swelling went down the past couple days. It’s looking very positive." He did not participate in practice on Tuesday.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 08:53:00 AM

USC freshman QB Max Wittek injured his knee during spring practice and sat out the school's scrimmage.

Wittek will undergo more testing before a diagnosis is announced, but he was seen icing the knee during the scrimmage. The team's top offensive weapon, receiver Marqise Lee, also sat out with a knee injury. Cody Kessler stepped up in Wittek's absence.
Source: USC Trojans
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 11:05:00 AM

USC freshman Max Wittek continues to see the majority of first-team QB reps in practice as senior Matt Barkley heals from a strained right shoulder.

Wittek finished the season as a starter against Notre Dame and showed a willingness to test vertically with his big arm. However, a few of those deep targets were inaccurate, which is certainly expected. We are almost certain that Barkley will return for his final collegiate game, but Wittek is one to watch for the future.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Dec 24, 2012 09:05:00 AM

USC redshirt freshman QB Max Wittek will draw the first start of his career against Notre Dame on Saturday.

Wittek takes the place of senior Matt Barkley, who suffered an AC sprain in his shoulder late in Saturday's game against UCLA. The redshirt freshman has completed eight-of-nine passes for 95 yards and a touchdown in backup work this year.
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 09:48:00 AM

USC redshirt freshman Max Wittek was named the Trojans backup QB by head coach Lane Kiffin.

Wittek was recently elevated over fellow redshirt freshman Cody Kessler, who earned the backup role last season. Neither play saw game action last year for two reasons; first because Matt Barkley stayed healthy, and second to preserve their redshirts.
Wed, Aug 29, 2012 12:55:00 PM