Clay Helton has finally made his decision on who his starting quarterback will be. Max Browne has been named the starting QB despite very intense competition from Sam Darnold. From spring through the majority of fall camp, it was assumed Browne was the leading candidate to take over the reins of the offense. So much so that most thought Browne would be named the starter back in the spring.
Helton repeatedly emphasized that he loved Max Browne’s performance in the off season and his abilities. Frankly, Helton just did not think Darnold would be nearly as impressive as he was and that was the reason the decision was not made in the spring as originally planned.
The narrative throughout the whole competition was that Browne was the quarterback who ran the offense most effectively who made the proper reads and quick decisions on releasing the ball. On the other hand Darnold was seen as the quarterback who brings a bit more athleticism to the position, someone with a very strong arm who could also create plays with his legs if things broke down.
This past week of practice may have been the little extra push that Browne needed to solidify himself as the man to lead the Trojans through the most difficult schedule in the country. Helton stated that Browne looked very smooth in practice all week and excelled when the pressure was on.
Browne does not have much time to celebrate, however, as Sunday the USC Trojans officially begin installing their gameplan for their opening week matchup with Alabama.