Max Wittek finished his USC career having completed 50 of 95 passes for 600 yards, with three touchdowns and six interceptions.
USC quarterback Max Wittek will forgo participating in spring practice, graduate at the end of the semester and transfer to another school to play his final two seasons of eligibility, he said Wednesday.
Wittek, a fourth-year junior, will be able to play at another school immediately under NCAA rules that allow players who have graduated to transfer without penalty.
Wittek said he informed Coach Steve Sarkisian of his decision on Wednesday and that Sarkisian was supportive.
"I had talked to Coach a couple of times," Wittek said. "What it really came down to was a feel for me." Getting my degree from such a great university will mean a lot, and ultimately, allowing me to play right away with two years to play was the best way to go."
Wittek graduated early from Santa Ana Mater Dei High and enrolled at USC in January 2011 hoping to succeed Matt Barkley as the starter.
He started in place of the injured Barkley in the 2012 regular-season finale against Notre Dame and played fairly well. But he struggled in the Trojans’ season-ending loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl, putting the starting job up for grabs.
Last season, Cody Kessler and Wittek shared played time in the first two games, but former coach Lane Kiffin chose Kessler as the starter.
Wittek finished his USC career having completed 50 of 95 passes for 600 yards, with three touchdowns and six interceptions.
Steve Sarkisian: "We thank Max for his contributions to Trojan football and wish him the best in his future."