Former USC Trojans quarterback Max Browne announced his decision to transfer to Pittsburgh on Thursday:
The redshirt junior started the first three games of the season for USC before being replaced by freshman Sam Darnold. In November, USC granted him permission to transfer.
Browne is eligible to play immediately since he has already completed his undergraduate degree, per Aaron Torres of Fox Sports.
Browne spent much of his USC career as Cody Kessler's backup before earning the starting job this season. USC limped out to a 1-2 start, though, and Browne had his ups and downs, throwing for 474 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Since Darnold took over as the starter, USC has gone 8-1, winning eight straight games, and Darnold is the future at the position for the Trojans. Transferring to Pitt will allow Browne the opportunity to fight for the starting job in his final season of eligibility rather than serving as Darnold's backup for another season.
With senior Nathan Peterman graduating after serving as Pitt's starter over the past two seasons, the position is available for players like Browne, freshmen Ben DiNucci and Thomas MacVittie and sophomore Bo Schneider—though Schneider has expressed his desire to transfer, per Jerry DiPaola of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Given his experience, Browne will be the favorite to win the job next season.
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