Poor Pitt. Earlier in the season the Panthers had Penn State coach James Franklin comparing them to Akron. Now the news is even worse, as Pitt starting quarterback Max Browne has been ruled out for the remainder of the college football season.
A graduate transfer, this also marks the end of Max Browne playing college football. His career is over, at least at this level of the sport.
Pitt announced that quarterback underwent surgery to repair an unspecified injury in his right (throwing) shoulder and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. Max Browne suffered the injury in the third quarter of last Saturday’s loss to Syracuse.
Ben DiNucci, who was seeing more time on the gridiron as it was anyway, will take over as the team's new starting signal-caller.
A former 5-star member of USC’s 2013 recruiting class, this ends a rather star-crossed career. Browne never really lived up to the crazy hype he received coming out of high school, though it is worth noting that is somewhat unfair. People who are not named Max Browne deemed him worthy of the hype. It would seem unfair to punish or judge the kid for failing to live up to other people's expectations.
Browne spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons as Cody Kessler’s primary backup. In his time with the Trojans, Browne completed 69-of-112 passes for 507 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was actually named the starting QB ahead of Sam Darnold at one point, before losing the job to the future NFL-level QB.