Data Scout Notes: 2016: 5* USC Transfer...NAC...2015: NAC...2013: NA
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09/18/17 - Three weeks into the season, Pitt remains a mystery. At least to its head coach. Pat Narduzzi isn't sure who his quarterback is or how the Panthers as a whole will react after getting drilled 59-21 by Oklahoma State last weekend. "It's hard to tell where they are," Narduzzi said Monday. "We'll find out Saturday (against Georgia Tech) where they are. It's hard to read sometimes." The quarterback situation included. There is "or" between Max Browne and Ben DiNucci's names on this week's depth chart and Narduzzi is in no rush to make a decision as Pitt (1-2) opens Atlantic Coast Conference play on the road against the Yellow Jackets (1-1).
Browne was pulled in the first half against Oklahoma State, completing 7 of 10 passes for 60 yards and failing to guide a touchdown drive for the second straight game. DiNucci passed for 228 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions after coming on in relief. DiNucci's mobility gives opponents a dimension Browne doesn't offer. Yet DiNucci can also be sloppy with the ball. He fumbled late in a loss to Penn State before a pair of picks against the Cowboys with Pitt in full-on desperation mode. "We're going to continue to evaluate," Narduzzi said. "Both do some good things on tape. Ben sparked with his feet and running the ball. Max does the same thing in the passing game." - AP College Football
09/16/17 - Pitt redshirt senior quarterback Max Browne went 7 of 10 for just 60 yards vs.Oklahoma State before being removed in favor of Ben DiNucci in the second quarter. DiNucci lead the team's two scoring drives, capping one with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Rafael Araujo-Lopes. But DiNucci also threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown by linebacker Justin Phillips. DiNucci finished 13 of 25 for 228 yards. Chawntez Moss scored on a 5-yard rush and was Pitt's leading rusher with 36 yards on 12 carries. The Pitt running game was mostly bottled up, with starter Qadree Ollison held to six yards on seven carries. The Panthers' other score came when freshman cornerback Jason Pinnock fell on the ball in the end zone after Oklahoma State punter Zach Sinor fumbled a snap. - The Sports Xchange
09/02/17 - USC transfer Max Browne completed an 11-yard scoring strike to Jester Weah in the first overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Panthers to a 28-21 win over Youngstown State on Saturday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The Panthers sealed the win when defensive back Bricen Garner intercepted Youngstown State quarterback Hunter Wells' in the end zone on the Penguins' first possession in overtime. Kicker Alex Kessman, who earlier in the fourth quarter missed a 28-yard field goal attempt, missed another 28-yard attempt as time expired that would have given Pitt the win. Browne atoned for a costly fourth-quarter fumble that allowed the Penguins to tie the game by completing both pass attempts in overtime. In his first game for Pitt, Browne was an economical 17 of 24 for 140 yards and the lone touchdown. Wells, who started nine games last season and led the Penguins into the FCS championship game, finished 18-for-32 for 311 yards, two touchdowns and the one interception. The first half belonged to the Panthers. The final 30 minutes was all Penguins. Running back Qadree Ollison capped an 11-play, 71-yard drive with a six-yard scamper to put Pitt up 7-0 in the first quarter. On the Panthers' next possession, Ollison scored from five yards out to give the Panthers a 14-0 lead. - The Sports Xchange
04/25/17 - Max Browne didn't uproot himself and travel halfway across the country to spend his one season in Pittsburgh as the backup quarterback. It's why the USC graduate transfer headed from sunny Los Angeles to wintry Pittsburgh in January, eager to get a jump start on his last best shot at reviving a career that never bloomed with the Trojans. Three months into his new gig, plenty of work remains to be done. Browne salvaged an admittedly "bleh" afternoon with a late scoring drive during Pitt's spring game on Saturday. His late 27-yard touchdown pass to Tre Tipton was hardly a thing of beauty - it sailed over the wrong shoulder and forced Tipton to make a diving, twisting grab in the end zone. Still, Tipton caught it. Hey, it's a start. "That's a big time drive, that's the explosion you like to see," Browne said.
Browne just would have liked to see a little bit more of it. He finished 13 of 28 for 144 yards and the one score during an afternoon in which he was simultaneously the old guy and the new guy. Spring drills began with Browne making what he called "rookie" mistakes, particularly when it came to going through the pre-snap sequence. Yet over the course of 15 practices he felt he built momentum heading into camp. "I got that (pre-snap) part down and was just playing good ball after that, which is huge and why I came in here," Browne said. In a way, Browne is on level footing with sophomore Ben DiNucci, redshirt freshman Thomas MacVittie and true freshman Kenny Pickett, all of whom are trying to learn first-year offensive coordinator Shawn Watson's system on the fly. - AP Sports
01/06/17 - Max Browne spent four years at Southern California constantly competing for the starting quarterback job, with mixed results at best. The big-armed 21-year-old will get one last shot 2,500 miles away. Sure, it's not quite the way Browne expected his college career to go. Yet standing inside the Pittsburgh complex on Friday wearing a blue polo shirt - a decided departure from USC's cardinal and gold - Browne was hardly complaining. He'll spend the next year working on his master's degree in customer insights and trying to win with coach Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers. There are worse fates. A lot worse. "I know I can play at a high level," Browne said. "I know if I can do and do that here, I'll be just fine."
Something that never quite happened with the Trojans. He spent two seasons backing up Cody Kessler then finally earned the shot he'd waited for when he rose to the top of the depth chart for the Trojans. His stay didn't last long. Facing a brutal stretch that included an opener against No. 1 Alabama and a visit to Stanford, Browne's grasp on the starting gig lasted all of three games before coach Clay Helton gave the ball to freshman Sam Darnold, last seen rallying the Trojans past Penn State in the Rose Bowl at the same time Browne was headed across the country to start the next chapter of his life. "It was a tough first three games," said Browne, who completed 58 of 93 passes for 507 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in 2016. "Played some great opponents. But that's the product of SC in general. You've always got someone behind you. Went out there, did what I felt I could. Things didn't work out. It is what it is. Happy to be here." - AP Sports