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The Story of Max Witteck and Silas Reds

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David Bright, Staff Writer

Some people may say Norwalk, CT is not a town of athletes. Max Wittek and Silas Redd can beg to differ. Max and Silas both grew up in Norwalk, CT. After attending King Low Heywood Thomas High School, Silas began his Division 1 college football career at Pennsylvania State University. After the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Silas transferred to the University of Southern California. It was not an easy decision to transfer to USC for Silas. USC head coach Lane Kiffin wanted Silas to attend USC, but Silas was unsure as to what he wanted to do.

Max Wittek, who was a red shirt freshman Quarterback for USC at the time, called Silas after he heard about the Sandusky scandal. Max called to encourage Silas to join the Trojans.

Max and Silas both played Pop Warner Football together in Norwalk, CT. When they were teammates, Max was in sixth grade, and Silas was in seventh grade. Max played Linebacker at the time, and Silas played Running Back and Linebacker. “He just dominated the game, it was as simple as that.” Max said.

On July 31, 2012, Silas made his transfer to USC official. He would now be playing at a NCAA Top 25 Ranked USC Trojans, with his hometown friend, now teammate Max Wittek.

Max Wittek was a red shirt Freshman Quarterback for USC. Until the second to last game of the season when, starting Quarterback and NCAA Heisman Trophy contestant Matt Barkley injured his arm, against UCLA. Matt Barkley was captain of the USC Trojans and a pure leader. However, he was unable to play in their final game of the season, which was perhaps the biggest game of the season for USC. USC was scheduled to play the number one team in the NCAA, undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

With first string Quarterback Matt Barkley out, Norwalk native Max Wittek would start his first ever NCAA football game against one of the best college football teams. With Wittek as Quarterback and Redd in the Backfield, The 203 natives would be reunited.

USC lost 22-13 to Notre Dame, But Wittek shocked many non-believers by having an exceptional first ever start against the number one team in college football. Wittek would complete the game with 186 passing yards, one Touchdown pass, and completed 14 out of 23 passes. His Running Back, Silas Redd, finished the game with 77 yards on 12 carries. Redd and Wittek represented the 203 well, and this is only the beginning of the 203 Dynamic Duo of NCAA College football.

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