Going into Fall practices USC had three quarterbacks who were all battling to be Matt Barkley's replacement. Third year sophomores Max Wittek and Cody Kessler were pegged by the media to be the favorites, but the dark horse was true freshman Max Browne. All three stated their case in the Spring and arrived to Fall practices ready to break away from the pack. On Sunday Lane Kiffin announced that he would trim the competition to Kessler and Wittek saying," I am going from three to two." Browne, who enrolled in January, showed much maturation for his young age but did not have the experience under his belt that the two third year sophomores have.
Kessler and Wittek have been splitting first team reps, but when Browne does get his shot he has impressed Kiffin. Lane said about his freshman quarterback," He's probably as advanced as any guy that we've had this quick." Kiffin emphasized that this does not necessarily mean Max Browne will redshirt saying," He's got to be ready to play and prepare like that, regardless of what happens this season, whoever plays and however well they play, we'll go back to spring and reopen it again and he'll have a year under his belt."
Despite Max Browne being a true freshman at least once each Trojan fan had dreams of another four year starter. Matt Barkley beat out two experienced quarterbacks, and with all the freshman craze in football it seemed like a possibility.
I think Lane made a good call and didn't rush this kid. If Max Browne wasn't ready then he wasn't ready and the last thing we want is to throw in someone who has not had enough mental reps. Browne is the future, and his name will be in the lights, but right now lets hope that either Cody Kessler or Max Wittek can win this job sooner than later.