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Max Wittek | Quarterback

Team: Hawaii Warriors
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 210

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CBS reports that Hawaii senior QB Max Wittek will be sidelined for most of the predraft process because of ankle surgery.
Unfortunately, the Rainbow Warriors were forced to shut down Wittek early because of his problematic ankle. It turned out that he needed surgery to repair a patella injury in his right leg. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Wittek "has some fans in the scouting community due to his raw tools." Despite his cannon arm, Wittek barely saw the field while at USC and lost a gift-wrapped starting job at Hawaii earlier this season after posting a 47-percent completion percentage with 15 interceptions. Think of him as a poor man's Christian Hackenberg and you'll understand why we wouldn't advise blowing a draft pick. Sun, Nov 29, 2015 11:13:00 AM
Source: CBS Sports

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Hawaii senior QB Max Wittek (ankle) is "expected to regain the quarterback’s job if he is deemed healthy for Saturday’s road game against Nevada," reports Stephen Tsai of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Wittek missed last week with the injury. You have to wonder how seriously it actually is, as Wittek missed less than a quarter of game action two weeks after suffering it. There's an underrated quarterback controversy brewing in paradise. Ikaika Woolsey, who started in 2014, played great last week against New Mexico and is a better fit for the school's revised read-option offense. Wittek, on the other hand, is a former ace recruit with a big arm. The Warriors may be better off with Woolsey in the short-term, but they may be trying to do right by Wittek after luring him to the islands. NFL scouts remain intrigued by him.
Source: The Gazette
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 07:27:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline is being told by scouting sources that Hawaii senior QB Max Wittek is a better pro prospect than USC's Cody Kessler "based on his physical skills."

Well now! This is far more insult to Kessler -- whose physical limitations you can read about in his player page -- than compliment to Wittek, who has played so poorly this season that he isn't even assured of ending the season as starter. Even so, he remains a potentially draftable commodity because of his bazooka arm.
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 03:57:00 PM

After USC transfer QB Max Wittek's performance against Ohio State, TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline now "understands why he couldn’t win the starting job at USC."

"The stats say it all; 7 of 24 passing for 67 yards with no scores but 2 interceptions. Wittek had the opportunity to make scouts believe in his next level ability," Pauline wrote. Wittek was sacked four times on the day, while Ohio State's defensive pressure forced Wittek into a ton of bad throws. Hawaii only had two third down conversions out of 14 attempts against the Buckeyes defense.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 02:51:00 PM

USC transfer QB Max Wittek completed 19 of 38 attempts for 202 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the school's 28-20 win over Colorado.

Dating back to his days at USC, Wittek was known for his strong arm to throw downfield. A long catch and run of 79 yards was produced by Wittek and receiver Marcus Kemp, but Hawaii rarely converted plays beyond 20 yards in this contest. Norm Chow previously compared Wittek to Carson Palmer.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 08:51:00 AM

Hawaii HC Norm Chow compared graduate QB Max Wittek to Carson Palmer.

It was a trait based comparison. "If you had to make a training tape, you'd make it with Carson Palmer. This guy would be second... He has good touch, a quick release and great anticipation." A few notable names Chow has coached include Philip Rivers, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. Wittek displayed his big arm in backup action to Matt Barkley.
Source: Fox Sports
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 12:28:00 PM

Hawaii head coach Norm Chow said four former Pac-12 transfer will start for the Warriors this season.

Those four include: former USC quarterback Max Wittek, former Utah receiver Quinton Pedroza, former UCLA linebacker Jeremy Castro and former Arizona linebacker Makani Kema-Kaleiwahe. Wittek has always been considered a strong armed passer and started in place of an injured Matt Barkley a few years ago.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 09:32:00 AM

Hawaii named former USC graduate QB Max Wittek starter.

While you probably haven't heard Wittek's name in some time, he has actually been with the Warriors since last fall. He was unable to play last year because of a timing problem regarding his USC graduation. The former Trojan is an interesting fit for Norm Chow's pass-happy offense. We've always loved his big arm, but Chow must figure out how to make Wittek more accurate. Wittek and Hawaii host Colorado on Thursday, September 3 to open the season.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 12:15:00 PM

Hawaii expects former USC QB Max Wittek to walk on to the football team, reports CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler.

The Warriors, however, are "taking believe-when-see approach since Texas thing didn't work out," Fowler added. Wittek planned on completing his degree over the summer, but that process 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. Some believe Wittek will be granted immediate eligibility as a graduate transfer at Hawaii, and join a competition with sophomore Ikaika Woosley and senior Taylor Graham for the starting gig. But that isn't assured: A newspaper on the islands reported last month that Wittek would need to sit out the 2014 season since he did not graduate from USC in the spring. "I feel great with coach (Norm) Chow," Wittek said last month. "He’s awesome. He’s been so helpful through this whole process."
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 01:57:00 PM

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.
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 01:31:00 PM

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.
Mon, May 19, 2014 09:42:00 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.
Wed, May 14, 2014 09:02:00 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.
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 05:44:00 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.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 06:15:00 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.
Thu, Feb 6, 2014 08:08:00 AM