By Tim Peterson
(Los Angeles) – USC Coach Clay Helton named Max Browne the starting quarterback Saturday afternoon. Browne, a redshirt junior, had the edge coming into training camp but he was pressed the least few weeks by redshirt freshman Sam Darnold.
“At this point, we feel that it is in the best interest of our football team to lean on the veteran experience that Max Browne has, so we have named him the starter going into our opening game against Alabama,” Helton said in a statement. “With our experienced offensive line and the weapons at our skill positions, we as a staff are confident that Max’s ability will help guide a very successful offense.”
Helton also said that he would still use Darnold in some red-zone and short yardage situations.
The Trojans open the 2016 season September 3 against defending champion Alabama in Arlington, Texas.
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