USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster prepares for new quarterback

Max Browne

USC quarterback Max Browne completed eight of 12 passes for 113 yards in three games this season.

(David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

USC spring practice will feature a quarterback competition for the first time since 2013.

Fourth-year junior Max Browne and redshirt freshman Sam Darnold will compete to replace three-year starter Cody Kessler.

Glendora High quarterback Matt Fink, who is committed to the Trojans’ 2016 recruiting class, also could join the mix.

Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who led the team with 89 receptions, 10 for touchdowns, did not favor either Browne or Darnold when asked after the Holiday Bowl who would win the job.


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“Max has the potential to play but I also think Sam Darnold also has the potential to play,” Smith-Schuster said. “They are both competitive.”

Browne completed eight of 12 passes for 113 yards in three games this season.

Smith-Schuster said he would spend the offseason working out with both quarterbacks, but that he “won’t even know probably until spring” who could be the starter.


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USC finished the season 8-6 after a 23-21 loss to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl.

The Trojans play Alabama in a 2016 season opener.

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