Max Browne

For those of a similar name, see Max Brown (disambiguation).
Max Browne

Browne on the sideline in 2013.
USC Trojans No. 4
Position Quarterback
Class Junior
Major Communication
Career history
High school Sammamish (WA) Skyline
Personal information
Date of birth (1995-02-02) February 2, 1995
Place of birth Sammamish, Washington
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Max Browne (born February 2, 1995) is a college football player. He is a quarterback for the University of Southern California Trojans of the Pac-12 Conference. He committed to USC on April 4, 2012, during his junior year,[1][2] and was considered the best quarterback recruit of his class by and[3][4]

Early years

Born and raised in Sammamish, Washington, a suburb east of Seattle, Browne attended Beaver Lake Middle School and Skyline High School in Sammamish. During his high school career, he completed 73.5 percent of his passes for 12,951 yards and 146 touchdowns.[5][6] He was the Gatorade Player of the Year for Washington in 2011 and 2012,[7][8] and led the Spartans to three straight Class 4A state finals, winning the final two.

Following his senior season, Browne participated in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was awarded the prestigious Hall Trophy as U.S. Army Player of the Year.

College career

On April 4, 2012, Browne committed to play football at the University of Southern California. He selected USC as his college destination over Oklahoma, Washington, and Alabama.[9] In 2013, Browne was redshirted as a true freshman, after failing to beat out Cody Kessler and Max Wittek for the starting quarterback job. Head coach Lane Kiffin eventually named Kessler the starting quarterback in the fall. In 2014, after Steve Sarkisian took over as head coach, Browne again lost the starting quarterback battle to Kessler, who was named the starting quarterback during spring practice.[10][11][12]

In 2015, Browne was once again the backup to Kessler. With Kessler's departure to the NFL after the 2015 season, Browne was the presumptive starter going into spring practice in 2016. Instead, he faced a stiff challenge from redshirt freshman Sam Darnold. On August 20, 2016, Browne was officially named the starting quarterback by head coach Clay Helton.[11][13][10]

Browne started his first game as a Trojan quarterback in a 52–6 loss to Alabama on September 3. On September 19, Browne was replaced by Sam Darnold as starting quarterback, a move that prompted speculation that the redshirt junior will transfer at the end of the season to take advantage of his status as a graduate student to start immediately with a new team.[14]


  1. Mason Kelley (April 4, 2012). "Skyline quarterback Max Browne commits to USC". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  2. Ted Miller (April 5, 2012) "QB Max Browne commits to USC". ESPN.
  3. "Max Browne". Yahoo!.
  4. "Scout Recruiting – National Signing Day Coverage, Latest Commits, Top Prospects and More Front Page".
  5. Jayson Jenks (December 2, 2012) "Max Browne, Skyline seniors leave legacy of dominance and camaraderie". The Seattle Times.
  6. "Max Browne, superstar Wash. QB, just finished one of the best prep careers of all time". Yahoo Sports. December 7, 2012.
  7. Jayson Jenks (December 1, 2011) "Skyline QB Max Browne named Gatorade Washington POY". The Seattle Times.
  8. Jayson Jenks (November 30, 2012) "Browne named Washington Gatorade player of the year and U.S. Army player of the year finalist". The Seattle Times.
  9. Kelley, Mason (April 4, 2012). "Skyline quarterback Max Browne commits to USC". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  10. 1 2 Helfand, Zach (August 20, 2016). "Max Browne named USC's starting quarterback over Sam Darnold". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  11. 1 2 Murschel, Matt (April 13, 2016). "Max Browne says USC QB competition helped him grow". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  12. Gemmell, Kevin (April 16, 2014). "Cody Kessler still USC's starting QB". Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  13. Helfand, Zach (August 7, 2016). "USC's Max Browne, willing to wait for it, has two weeks to make patience pay off". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  14. Helfand, Zach (September 19, 2016). "Sam Darnold in, Max Browne out as USC starting quarterback". LA Times.
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