Max Wittek... the 6'5 235 lbs Redshirt Freshman out of Mater Dei High School. He has all the intangibles to be the next big thing for USC, the size and being a product of Mater Dei, but is he really the answer for USC? His stats this year, which include two starts, are 36 for 69, 3 TDs 5 Ints, and 388 yards. These are not impressive numbers for a Trojan's QB after two starts. Yes you can make a case for him, his first start was against the number 1 team in the country, Notre Dame, and they had an amazing defense, and he had all the pressure on his shoulders, but Georgia Tech was an absolute disaster for the youngster. Georgia Tech has one of the worst pass defenses around, but Wittek made them look like an SEC defense. He threw three picks, and overthrew guys left and right. Yes, you can blame the wind, but the balls being tipped at the line of scrimmage was his fault. I remember John David Booty's throws used to be tipped at the line too, but he was not as massive as Wittek. Even in high school Wittek was turnover prone, with 15 interceptions in his senior season. After the Notre Dame game people were still optimistic, and understood what he was going through in that first start, but after the Sun Bowl he did not leave many optimistic. Wittek just does not give USC the best chance to win.
Now who could possibly step in, and beat out Wittek? It is not like they have no one behind him. The two other options are fellow Redshirt Freshman Cody Kessler, and incoming Freshman Max Browne. Cody Kessler hails from Centennial High School in Bakersfield. He stands at 6'1 215lbs, and does not have the same dominating presence as Wittek, but he is just as much if not a better Quarterback than Wittek. In his senior season Kessler put up some gaudy numbers 175-251, 2,831 yards, 36 TDs and only two interceptions! The kid does not turn the ball over. He has been said to be more accurate than Wittek and a more polished Quarterback, but without the huge arm, we have seen that a huge arm is not all that important and accuracy is just as important. I would love to see Kessler go out and get this job, I think he deserves to get a chance.
The other option can be incoming Freshman Max Browne from Skyline High School in Washington. He stands at 6'5 215 lbs, he certainly has the look of a USC Quarterback. Max Browne is a great field general and his stats show this, in his junior season he threw about 4,000 yards with 45 TDs and only 7 interceptions, and he had similar numbers as a sophomore. The kid was an Elite Eleven Quarterback and he also won National Gatorade Player of the Year. He has so much potential, but will he get as much of a chance as an incoming Freshman? He certainly is the future of USC football, but will his career start as a true Freshman?
This is the same Quarterback battle that Barkley went through. He was an early enrolled Freshman competing against two experienced Quarterbacks. He has more upside, but not the experience. Pete Carroll understood Barkley was the future, not Corp or Mustain, but will ignorance blind Kiffin? Browne should be groomed for the job next fall now. Kiffin has to see that Freshman can be ready to start, if this was not true we would never have Barkley or Johnny Manziel. Max Browne is the answer, lets hope he showcases his skills next fall.