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Max Browne is a bright spot in an ugly first week for USC

Max Browne is a bright spot in an ugly first week for USC

Max Browne, who won USC’s quarterback competition as the traditional pocket passer to Sam Darnold’s more mobile style, dropped back to pass early in Saturday’s game against Alabama, facing a third and long.

He waited, but nobody was open. He waited more. Then, he did something surprising. He took off and ran.

After Wednesday’s practice, recalling his first career start, Browne said the 17-yard scramble was probably different than what a lot of people expected from him.

“Myself included,” he said.

It was one of the few first downs USC managed against Alabama. It also peeled back another layer of...

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