The page has officially been turned for Max Wittek. The former USC quarterback has been named the starting quarterback at Hawaii for the season opener against Colorado.
The Star-Advertiser in Honolulu reported the news earlier today, though it was widely expected Wittek would be tabbed the starter for the program. Wittek reportedly took the majority of the snaps as spring practices came to a close and he was voted co-captain by his teammates. Wittek joined the program last fall but was unable to play due to a timing issue regarding his graduation from USC.
The last we saw Wittek on the football field was in 2013 with USC. As a sophomore, Wittek split playing time with Cody Kessler, who took control of the starting job following a Week 2 loss at home against Washington State. Wittek had completed just three of his eight pass attempts and was intercepted once as the Trojans and went down in flames (a 10-7 loss to Mike Leach and his Cougars) and the hot seat on Lane Kiffin reached a boil.
Hawaii opens the 2015 season at home on Thursday, September 3 against the Pac-12’s Colorado. Wittek and the Rainbow Warriors then pack their bags to take on defending national champion Ohio State in Columbus the following week. Wittek once guaranteed a victory over No. 1 Notre Dame. Will he be ready to make any bold predictions against another (potentially) No. 1 team?