Max Browne

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Max Browne
Max Browne in 2013.jpg
Browne on the sideline in 2013.
No. 4
Career history
High schoolSammamish (WA) Skyline
Personal information
Born: (1995-02-02) February 2, 1995 (age 25)
Sammamish, Washington
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Max Austin Browne (born February 2, 1995) is an American football analyst and former quarterback. He played college football for the USC Trojans (2013–2016) and Pittsburgh Panthers (2017).

Browne 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] He transferred to Pitt on December 15, 2016, as a graduate transfer.[5]

Early years[edit]

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.[6][7] He was the Gatorade Player of the Year for Washington in 2011 and 2012,[8][9] 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[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11][12][13]

In 2015, Browne was once again the backup to Kessler. With Kessler's departure to the NFL Draft 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.[12][14][11]

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 would transfer at the end of the season to take advantage of his status as a graduate student to start immediately with a new team.[15] He eventually transferred to the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt, Browne had a successful spring being voted Captain and earning the starting quarterback job. However, after starting the first three games of the season and going 1-2 (beating Youngstown State but losing to both Penn State and Oklahoma State), Browne was sat again and replaced by redshirt sophomore Ben Dinucci. Dinucci was unable to change the looks of the offense and the Panthers fell a third time to Georgia Tech. Browne was then given another shot to spark this offense for their game versus Rice and he did just that. Throwing for 410 yards, 28-32 (88% completion/attempts), and four touchdowns, the Panthers won 42-10.

On October 7, 2017, Browne suffered a shoulder injury on a sack during the game against Syracuse. It was later revealed that the injury required surgery and Browne would miss the rest of the season.[16]


Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2014 USC 3 7 42.9 30 4.3 0 0 78.9 4 13 3.3 0
2015 USC 8 12 66.7 113 9.4 0 0 145.8 0 0 0 0
2016 USC 58 93 62.4 507 5.5 2 2 111.0 9 -23 -2.6 0
2017 Pittsburgh 96 135 71.1 997 7.4 5 2 142.4 19 -74 -3.9 0
Career 165 247 66.8 1,647 6.7 7 4 128.9 32 -84 -2.6 0


Broadcasting career[edit]

Browne was not signed by a National Football League team after his college career ended; in December 2018, he attended a tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers but was not offered a contract.[18] During the 2018 college football season, he began analyzing Pac-12 Conference teams on YouTube with hopes of becoming a television color commentator.[19]

In 2019, he became a pre- and post-game analyst for USC on KABC (AM), while also working as a contributor for[20][21]


  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. ^ Timothy Rapp (December 16, 2016). "Max Browne to Pitt: Latest Transfer Details, Comments and Reaction". Bleacher Report.
  6. ^ Jayson Jenks (December 2, 2012) "Max Browne, Skyline seniors leave legacy of dominance and camaraderie". The Seattle Times.
  7. ^ "Max Browne, superstar Wash. QB, just finished one of the best prep careers of all time". Yahoo Sports. December 7, 2012.
  8. ^ Jayson Jenks (December 1, 2011) "Skyline QB Max Browne named Gatorade Washington POY". The Seattle Times.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Kelley, Mason (April 4, 2012). "Skyline quarterback Max Browne commits to USC". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Helfand, Zach (August 20, 2016). "Max Browne named USC's starting quarterback over Sam Darnold". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  12. ^ a b Murschel, Matt (April 13, 2016). "Max Browne says USC QB competition helped him grow". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  13. ^ Gemmell, Kevin (April 16, 2014). "Cody Kessler still USC's starting QB". Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Helfand, Zach (September 19, 2016). "Sam Darnold in, Max Browne out as USC starting quarterback". LA Times.
  16. ^ Batko, Brian (October 12, 2017). "Shoulder injury ends Pitt quarterback Max Browne's college career". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  17. ^ "Max Browne". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  18. ^ Bryan, Dave (December 28, 2018). "Report: Steelers Recently Brought In Former Pitt QB Max Browne, 3 Others For Tryouts". Steelers Depot. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  19. ^ McCullough, J. Brady (November 22, 2018). "Tale of the tape: Former USC quarterback Max Browne understands Trojans' struggles on offense". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  20. ^ Hoffarth, Tom (August 4, 2019). "Dan Fouts mourns the death of his dad, Bob, a renowned broadcaster in his own right". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  21. ^ Young, Ryan (August 26, 2019). " adds analyst Max Browne to the team in 2019". TrojanSports. Retrieved September 1, 2019.

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