SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- Max Browne didn’t care that he was surrounded by die-hard Washington supporters.
The 6-foot-5, 214-pound quarterback (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) wasn’t going to let a few fans keep him from supporting the program he plans to play for next season.
So, even though his section in the CenturyLink Field stands was full of purple and gold, the senior proudly sported his USC gear. He wore a Trojans hat and a black USC sweatshirt. He even brought a little “Fight On” sign.
It was his first chance to watch the Trojans play in person. He wasn’t going to let anything, or any fans, keep him from showing his support.
“There were definitely die-hard UW fans around me, but me and my buddy were in USC stuff,” Browne said. “It was a lot of fun to look out there and know I will be playing with those guys next year. Just to have a school to root for was cool.”
Browne stood out so clearly, a friend sitting across the stadium could see his Skyline teammate.
“I was cheering loud,” Browne said. "It was a big win for us. It was a big game.”
One day before watching USC beat Washington, 24-14, Browne led his high school team to victory with Trojans quarterbacks coach Clay Helton watching the second half.
The coach missed Browne’s explosive second quarter -- the nation’s No. 2-rated quarterback completed 10 of 11 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns. By the end of the game Browne had completed 19 of 24 passes for 343 yards and four touchdowns during a 56-28 win over Bellevue (Wash.) Newport.
“I kind of felt bad for him,” Browne said. “He came for the second half and it started raining a bunch. He wasn’t able to see the big second quarter we had. It was fun to know he’s my coach of the future. I was pumped he was able to make it out. I was glad he went, glad he was able to see what we do here.”
Browne has played in plenty of high-profile games, and has participated in enough national events, he said knowing Helton was at the game didn’t impact the way the quarterback played.
“That’s my relationship with Coach Helton, I don’t really get too worried,” Browne said. “He’s a really cool guy, so I just play my game like normal. Whether it’s Coach Helton or someone else in the stands, you’ve just got to play your game. I’ve been in some big games in big circumstances before. I’m pretty used to it, pretty controlled in those situations.”
When asked to assess USC’s season, Browne said, “It’s not a perfect season, but they’re in a good position.
“They’ve done a lot of good things. It’s comforting for a quarterback to see their defense do really well and have a good running game. Everyone knows about [Matt] Barkley and the two wideouts. They’re doing great things, but have some stuff to improve on. The Stanford loss was tough, but I think everyone’s kind of put their finger on the Nov. 3 date, the Oregon game. That should be fun.”