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Max Browne | Quarterback

Team: Pittsburgh Panthers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/2/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 215

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Pitt redshirt senior QB Max Browne completed 13-of-28 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown in the team's spring game.
"I felt like we started off just kind of bleh. Just kind of no one making a play, myself included," Browne said of his spring game showing. He liked how the offense came together as the game progressed. The USC transfer is battling it out with redshirt sophomore QB Ben DiNucci for starting honors. HC Pat Narduzzi indicated that one of those two young men was beginning to pull away in the competition at the end of spring practice, though he did not divulge which one. August camp figures to settle this score. May 9 - 8:56 PM

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Pitt OC Shawn Watson said that redshirt senior QB Max Browne and redshirt sophomore QB Ben DiNucci have pulled away from the competition in spring practice.

Browne -- who transferred from USC to Pitt in December -- and DiNucci have been fighting it out with redshirt freshman QB Thomas MacVittie and true freshman QB Kenny Pickett this spring. Their experience is starting to show, with Watson saying that "[b]oth [Browne and DiNucci] have really upped the ante the last week." Browne is looking to redeem himself after winning the Trojans' starting gig in August of 2016 only to find himself benched for Sam Darnold after three games due to extreme ineffectiveness.
Apr 4 - 7:45 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Max Browne will transfer to Pittsburgh.

Browne won the starting job at USC out of August camp, but the former five-star recruit proved woefully ineffective in his three starts with the Trojans. Playing against Alabama, Utah State and Stanford to open the season, the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder failed to throw for 200 yards in any one of those contests and managed just a 2/2 TD/INT ratio in that space. Sam Darnold was subsequently installed as starter and the rest, as they say, is history. Browne ranked as 247Sports' composite's No. 1 pro-style quarterback during the 2013 cycle. With Pitt, he will compete for starting honors in 2017, as current quarterback starter Nathan Peterman is set for graduation.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 06:41:00 PM

Transferring USC redshirt junior QB Max Browne will visit Pittsburgh this weekend.

We like the fit. The Panthers prefer pro-style quarterbacks and will have an opening under center next year following Nathan Peterman's graduation. Browne was the nation's No. 1 pro-style passer in 2013, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. Last week, Browne announced that he won't stay with the Trojans through their bowl game. Instead, he's turned his attention to the transfer process, which became inevitable after he lost his job to Sam Darnold after three games. A graduate transfer, Browne is eligible to play immediately wherever he winds up.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 09:09:00 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Max Browne has left the program.

Browne is going to begin looking at transfer options and will not compete in USC's yet-to-be-determined bowl contest. He infamously opened the season as the Trojans' starter, but proved terribly ineffective in his three starts. HC Clay Helton and crew then switched to redshirt freshman Sam Darnold, who has led USC on a monumental second-half run. The Trojans are currently rolling on an eight-game winning streak, erasing the bitter taste of that 1-3 start. As a graduate transfer, Browne will be eligible to play next year regardless of which school he ultimately lands at.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 06:46:00 PM

Former USC redshirt junior QB Max Browne has been given permission to talk to other programs about a possible transfer.

Browne will be eligible to play immediately for whatever school he chooses in 2017 since he has already completed his undergraduate degree. Browne was named the starter to open the season, but poor play shifted the job over to redshirt freshman Sam Darnold.
Source: Scout
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 09:59:00 AM

USC redshirt junior QB Max Browne was meditative regarding his brief starting experience with the Trojans.

Browne started the first three games of the season, but was subsequently benched in favor of Sam Darnold. He is still haunted by his missed opportunities, telling the Los Angeles Daily News, "I want to play. I had an opportunity to. I wish it had worked out better. I don’t know. I’ll just leave it at that." A transfer is likely here, particularly given that the 6-foot-5, 215-pound redshirt junior has already earned his degree from USC and will not have to sit out a year in the transfer process. HC Clay Helton indicated that he would have a conversation with Browne about the future come the end of the season. "It’s kind of the world I live in," said the former five-star recruit.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 02:47:00 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Max Browne indicated that a transfer is probable after the close of the 2016 season.

USC HC Clay Helton named Sam Darnold the starter for Friday's game against Utah after three mostly ineffective games from Browne. Outside of a fine (if unspectacular) 182-yard, two-touchdown, one-interception performance against Utah State in Week 2, Browne threw for just 292 combined yards and no touchdowns in blowout losses to Alabama and Stanford. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder was a five-star recruit out of high school and he should see his fair share of Power 5 love if he does, indeed, opt to move on as a graduate transfer at the end of the season.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 02:34:00 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Max Browne completed 23-of-30 passes for 182 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 45-7 win over Utah State.

Both of Browne's touchdowns were of the shorter species, as he hit JuJu Smith-Schuster for a three-yard score to open the game's scoring and later found Steven Mitchell Jr. for a two-yarder with 40 seconds remaining in the first half. While the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder did take the majority of snaps at quarterback, Sam Darnold also fired off a pair of scoring passes in more limited action (he completed 5-of-7 passes) and the threat of a time-share (even a lopsided time-share) makes Browne more of an upside flier for fantasy purposes, rather than a must-add on the waiver wire. We expect the former five-star recruit to improve statistically as he settles into the offense. A road showdown with Stanford shows next on USC's schedule.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 05:49:00 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Max Browne completed 14-of-29 passes for 101 yards and an interception in Saturday's loss to Alabama.

This one was easy enough to see coming. Browne had never made a collegiate start before Saturday and Alabama is Alabama. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder has far more upside than he showed in the defeat. The former five-star recruit will try for better results against Utah State next weekend.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 12:06:00 AM

USC HC Clay Helton named redshirt junior QB Max Browne the starter for the coming season.

Browne was challenged and then some by redshirt freshman QB Sam Darnold throughout the spring and summer, but ultimately pulled away to win the starting job. And boy howdy, will he have a spotlight on him in Week 1. The Trojans open against Alabama on September 3 in what could be a spectacularly fun contest. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Browne has had to patiently wait for his chance behind Cody Kessler, but the upside here is off the charts. The former five-star recruit ranked as Rivals' No. 7 overall prospect for 2013. Now that he has been named the starter, he makes for an intriguing mid-to-late round selection for fantasy purposes, as USC's offense is loaded to the gills with talent.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 06:46:00 PM

USC HC Clay Helton indicated that he would name the team's starting quarterback on August 20.

This is essentially what Helton said at Pac-12 media days, too. Nothing has changed in the interim in the competition between redshirt junior QB Max Browne and redshirt freshman QB Sam Darnold. Following the opening of August camp, Helton said, "Today, both of them played well. I thought that they made good decisions. Just like it was in the spring, both are playing at a very high level." Coming out of the spring, Browne held a slight edge in the competition.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 01:41:00 PM

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.
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 02:43:00 PM

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
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 05:24:00 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."
Thu, May 19, 2016 08:57:00 PM