Is Max Wittek The Answer At QB For Texas?
Max Wittek has yet to officially declare his intentions to become a Longhorn but the feeling around the 40 Acres is that it is just a matter of time. Wittek has already visited the campus twice and with the quarterback situation (an often injured David Ash and inexperienced Tyrone Swoopes) unsettled, he could have an easy path to becoming the starter on August 30. Does that mean he’s the answer at quarterback for Texas? It’s a loaded question but one we’ll take a look at.
The perception is that Wittek is a smart kid after graduating from USC in three years. Coming out of high school he was rated a top-five prospect by the majority of scouting services. He has enough arm, the overall physical attributes of a prototypical quarterback and was the heir-apparent to replace Matt Barkley, so where did his career at USC go wrong? First, he could not beat out fellow 2011 recruit Cody Kessler. Second he has had to endure coaching changes but so has his competition. Third, smarts only count in the classroom. Former FSU and current Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is a prime example--great in the classroom but no so great on the playing field.
What will be critical to Wittek’s success if he chooses to play for Texas is his rapport with offensive co-offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and how much he’ll be able to rely on a ground game, which should be the focus of the Longhorn’s attack in 2014.
Texas will hold its spring game this Saturday and the perception is that with an injured David Ash who is out and Tyrone Swoopes taking the majority of snaps, the game could lack appeal. For Longhorn fans the question as to who will be the quarterback and how will they pan out won’t be answered this weekend but until September when they face BYU and UCLA.