Both Max Browne and Sam Darnold are trying to win the quarterback job for the USC Trojans this fall. It’s going to be a tough decision for coach Clay Helton to make and it doesn’t help that both Browne and Darnold performed well in Saturday’s spring showcase.
Helton admitted after the game that Browne had the “lead,” the Orange County Register reported. However, he didn’t rule out Darnold or even Jalen Greene could take the starting job away from Browne. No decision has been made officially.
Browne is a former five-star prospect who attended Skyline High School in Washington state. Though he might have the slight edge, Helton didn’t rule out possibly extending the competition into training camp this summer. He called that scenario “likely.”
At the showcase Saturday, Browne and Darnold both showed flashes of excellence. Browne completed seven passes and had three touchdowns, while Darnold completed six passes — two of them for touchdowns.
“My goal was to win the job at the end of spring,” Browne told the Register after the game. “Didn’t happen, but not the end of the world. I’m going to do what I’ve done the past 3.5 years. I’m going to dominate this offseason, lead the guys and get ready for fall camp.”
With the competition in full swing, maybe Helton will surprise Monday with an announcement. But with the way both of these competitors performed Saturday, one thing is certain: USC will have another outstanding quarterback when they open the season against possibly top-ranked Alabama.