When it comes to USC quarterback competitions, the transfer question almost always makes an appearance. After all, when you have multiple players with big league-talent and NFL-aspirations, the promise of playing time elsewhere is a major draw.
Current back up Max Wittek, however, is reportedly telling teammates that he has no intention of seeking greener pastures, according to Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News.
After meeting with new head coach Steve Sarkisian and apparently being reassured that the quarterback competition would truly be open in the spring, Wittek decided that he would stick it out and attempt to win the job over Cody Kessler, the current starter, and Max Browne, the young phenom.
There has been speculation about a potential quarterback transfer since the spring when Kessler and Wittek, both redshirt sophomores, battled it out to replace Matt Barkley. Early on Kessler insisted that he would not transfer even if he lost the job. Wittek left things a bit more vague.
The precedent has been set by USC quarterbacks in the past. In 2011 Jesse Scroggins departed for El Camino College before making another move to Arizona. Before him, Aaron Corp left for the University of Richmond after being passed over for the starting job by Barkley.
However, Wittek’s feelings on the matter could certainly change come Fall. If the quarterback competition has been decided by August there is still plenty of time for him to head elsewhere if Kessler retains his hold on the position or Browne has a break out offseason.