After sliding down the depth chart during spring football practice, USC backup quarterback Jesse Scroggins is planning to transfer in order to secure a better shot at playing time for another school.
In two years as part of the USC football program, Scroggins never threw a regular season pass. This spring, he fell behind Cody Kessler and Max Wittek, both impressive prospects, in the battle to back up starter Matt Barkley. As a result, Scroggins was looking at little to no chance of getting on the field and will opt out of the program.
Head coach Lane Kiffin made the announcement, noting that Scroggins had had a solid academic semester, which will help him in the transfer process.
It is worth noting that in 2013, after the senior Barkley is gone, Kessler and Wittek will battle with incoming freshman Max Browne, who recently committed to USC. Browne, from Sammamish, Wa., is thought to be the top-rated high school quarterback in the country. The prep star passed up on several other suitors, among them Washington, Oklahoma, Alabama, Auburn and Wisconsin.
In fairness, Scroggins’ departure will have no real effect on this year’s USC football team. Next year, however, the quarterback competition will be fierce.