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Max Browne | Quarterback

Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (21) / 2/2/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 215

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USC HC Clay Helton said that he would name a starter between redshirt junior QB Max Browne and redshirt freshman QB Sam Darnold after 18 practices in August.
This will give Helton and company two weeks to prepare for their season-opening Armageddon with Alabama, set to kick off on September 3. While he has been keeping his cards relatively close to the vest on this one, Helton did offer one nugget of potential clarification when he noted that Browne would have won the starting job out of spring practice if the season had started up in May. Darnold performed well enough in the spring to at least temporarily stall Browne's ascension to the starting gig for 2016. For all the world, though, this looks like Browne's job to lose. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder was a five-star recruit out of high school and ranked as Rivals' No. 7 overall prospect (No. 1 pro-style QB) for the 2013 cycle. Jul 14 - 2:43 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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USC redshirt junior QB Max Browne said, "I’m given the keys to the car and I’ve gotta drive the car fast."

"It’s exciting with all the receivers we have, the tight ends and just the team in general, I’m just excited to lead these guys," Browne said. Read in a vacuum, you would never know that he is currently embroiled in a tight competition with redshirt freshman QB Sam Darnold to actually take over the wheel for Browns-bound QB Cody Kessler. ESPN's Travis Haney wrote earlier this offseason that the coaches like Darnold's poise and athleticism. Haney also floated the possibility that both Browne and Darnold could play against Alabama in the season-opener.
Source: Fansided
Jun 4 - 5:24 PM

ESPN's Travis Haney wrote that "the gap [in the USC quarterback competition] is not all that wide" between redshirt junior QB Max Browne and redshirt freshman QB Sam Darnold.

Browne has the edge in experience, but HC Clay Helton might be just a little smitten with Darnold. "Trojans coaches like his poise, even though he turns just 19 next month. They also like his athleticism," Haney wrote. The analyst went on to note that we could potentially see both quarterbacks against Alabama in Week 1, believing that that "might provide USC’s best option, especially given [Alabama's] excellent pass rush."
May 19 - 8:57 PM

USC HC Clay Helton indicated that he would like to name a starting quarterback at the end of spring practice "if there is a huge gap."

Redshirt junior QB Max Browne and redshirt freshman QB Sam Darnold are considered to be the two gunslingers truly in this conversation. In December, QB coach Marques Tuiasosopo said, "They're different in their own rights." The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Browne should be considered the tentative front-runner to win the starting job in 2016. He was backup to Cody Kessler last season and the No. 2 quarterback prospect in the country out of high school for the 2013 recruiting cycle.
Mar 8 - 9:46 PM

USC sophomore QB Max Browne went through extra drills after practice as he prepares for the role of backup to starter Cody Kessler.

Said Browne, "The past few days, the ball was getting away from me and I haven't been capitalizing on some plays." Hence, the work after practice. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound junior should be relegated mostly to clipboard duty this season, but he will likely battle it out with freshman Sam Darnold for the starting gig come 2016, after Cody Kessler's flown from the nest.
Source: LA Times
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 05:39:00 PM

USC head coach Lane Kiffin "ideally" wants to redshirt freshman QB Max Browne this season.

This statement was necessary to make, since Cody Kessler and Max Wittek have started the season flat. Kiffin added Browne has a "great future" ahead of him, but Trojan fans likely don't want to wait. USC faces Boston College this week.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 10:01:00 AM