While USC is preparing for the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30 against Wisconsin, sophomore quarterback Max Browne is already starting to think about the spring. He's preparing for what could be a great quarterback competition with freshman Sam Darnold.
“I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t the case,” Browne said when asked about looking ahead to the spring, via ESPN.
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With Trojans senior quarterback Cody Kessler playing his last game on Dec. 30, USC will have to choose between Browne and Darnold. As it stands right now, Browne seems to have the slight lead, according to USC quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo.
“Max has been here awhile, so he’s a little ahead, but one thing I love about Sam is his competitive nature about him,” said Tuiasosopo. “Chip on his shoulder and he’s not afraid to let everyone know that he’s here to compete.”
“We know the coaches put a lot of time and effort and they’re going to do what they can to make the right decision,” Darnold said. “We always talk to each other about it; we bring it up to each other. Coaches are going to be real. Me and him talk about controlling what we can control.”
Whether Browne or Darnold wins the job, their first test as USC's quarterback will be against Alabama at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In other words, welcome to the show.