The college football career of former USC quarterback Max Browne, who started the first four games of the 2016 season before being replaced by Sam Darnold, is likely over after sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury.
In an effort to once again be a starting quarterback, Browne transferred to Pittsburgh for the 2017 season, his final season of eligibility, where he started every game for the Panthers. Last week, he injured his shoulder vs. Syracuse, and it was announced Thursday that he’s out for the remainder of the season, via Brian Batko of the Post-Gazette.
Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi announces quarterback Max Browne had shoulder surgery and is out for the season.
— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) October 12, 2017
Browne was a highly-sought after 5-star recruit in 2014 from Sammamish, Wash. He was rated the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2013, and was seen as a tremendous pickup for the Trojans, who at the time were being coached by interim Ed Orgeron after firing Lane Kiffin.
He played sparingly in 2014 and 2015 behind starter Cody Kessler, throwing for 141 yards across six games in limited action. Clay Helton named Browne the starter ahead of the 2016 season, and Browne struggled mightily in his first three games before being replaced by Darnold.
He ended his USC career 69-for-112 for 650 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs in 14 games.
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