UPDATE 5:30 p.m. ET: The Columbus Dispatch's Tim May refutes Scott Wolf's earlier report:
A highly placed source tells me Ohio State is NOT talking with Max Wittek about a possible transfer.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) February 6, 2014
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According to USC beat writer Scott Wolf, former Trojans quarterback Max Wittek has listed Ohio State as one of the possible destinations for his eventual transfer.
Wittek had been tied to Texas and new head coach Charlie Strong in recent weeks due to their quarterback instability issues from the past season. Louisville (and new headman Bobby Petrino) also potentially makes some sense with Teddy Bridgewater departing for the NFL.
How Ohio State fits in is the biggest question. With Braxton Miller returning for a senior season, even with questions about both his durability and how an offensive line having to replace four starters will fare, it's unlikely Wittek would have chances to play outside of mop up duty and the seemingly inevitable Miller shakeup. Having already graduated, Wittek would have two years to play upon transfer (as well as immediate eligibility), and would likely be in the mix for the starting job in 2015 after Miller graduates.
Wittek first had the chance to start for an injured Matt Barkley in 2012. He'd go on to throw for 186 yards on 14-of-23 passing against Notre Dame in a losing effort in which he also netted one touchdown pass to two interceptions. After getting the nod once again in the season ending Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech, Wittek left far more to be desired. In the 21-7 loss to GT, Wittek threw three interceptions, completing only 37.8% of his passes with only 107 yards on the afternoon. He failed to show much growth early in 2013 before yielding the Trojans' starting job to Cody Kessler.
What are your thoughts on the possibility of Max Wittek landing in Columbus? How would he fit in Urban Meyer and Tom Herman's offense?
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