To the surprise of almost no one, Clay Helton has taken the safe route at the most important position on the field.
Redshirt junior Max Browne and redshirt freshman Sam Darnold have been engaged in a back-and-forth quarterback competition that began in spring practice and continued on into summer camp. With the opener against Alabama exactly two weeks away, Helton has followed through on his previously-stated timeline, announcing Saturday that Browne will start for the Trojans when they take the field against the Tide in Arlington, Texas.
The last two seasons as Cody Kessler’s primary backup, the redshirt junior Browne completed 11-of-19 passes for 143 yards. Darnold, meanwhile, was a four-star dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2015 who took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.
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