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USC redshirt freshman quarterback Max Wittek is confident the Trojans will take down No. 1 Notre Dameon Saturday night.
In an interview on 710 ESPN Radio in Los Angeles, Wittek expressed confidence in his abilities — and trust in head coach Lane Kiffin leading into the showdown against Notre Dame.
“If he wants to air it out, let’s air it out,” Wittek said of Kiffin. “If he wants to pound it on the ground, let’s do that. I’m gonna go out there, I’m gonna play within myself, within the system, and we’re gonna win this ballgame.”
Smiling big in front of a pack of two dozen reporters after the Trojans’ first practice of the week on Tuesday, Wittek also proclaimed himself ready to go and said he expects to have “a lot of fun” in his first collegiate start.
Of course, it happens to come against Notre Dame at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.
“I’ve been ready all season for this to happen — if it did,” Wittek said. “Obviously the circumstances aren’t the greatest with such a great quarterback being hurt, but I’ve been ready for this all year.”
Kiffin said he thought Wittek “was awesome” in practice on Tuesday, starring in all sorts of drills and completing the vast majority of his passes.
Asked if the 6-4, 245-pound Wittek knew the extent of the challenge he was facing with Notre Dame’s dominant defense, Kiffin indicated he might not.
“I think sometimes what’s good is to be so young that you don’t know,” Kiffin said. “I think he’s just gonna go out and play.”
Wittek, ESPN’s 3rd-ranked quarterback in the class of 2011, is replacing the injured Matt Barkley, who suffered an AC sprain in his right shoulder in USC’s 38-28 loss to UCLA on Saturday.
Barkley, a four-year starter for the Trojans, has been ruled out for Notre Dame but could still play in USC’s bowl game next month. Wittek has been his primary backup all season, appearing in three games and completing 8-of-9 pass attempts for 95 yards and a touchdown.
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