Aug 29, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterbacks Cody Kessler (6) and Max Wittek (13) before the game against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Max Wittek Told Teammates He Will Not Transfer From USC


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.

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  • Ben Factor

    He might as well hang around through Spring, don’t you think?

    As you and I agree, Kessler isn’t a top-flight passer, and he’s not the greatest performer when he’s really needed (ND, UCLA, and most of 2H Stanford). Browne’s still an unknown. Maybe Wittek has found the answers to his inaccuracy. He’s not dumb, although I’ve read that accuracy can be hard to acquire.

    If he’s really smart, he’ll try to graduate this year. He can then spend a couple years trying to make it, and if not, he got a good B.A.

    • 24 Medals ribbons and citation

      Agreed, but the caveat is MB should be favored we have seen what Wittek and Kessler have to offer. IMHO they don’t got it. Let the RS freshman play we may get 3 years out of him maybe he can be our bridge to Rosen or Sills?

    • Matthew Moreno

      I think there’s a decent chance Browne wins the starting spot, Kessler becomes the backup and Wittek ends up transferring.

      Perhaps to a division 2 school.