The Penn State defense didn’t have much luck stopping USC quarterback Sam Darnold in the Rose Bowl, and now it will likely get a chance to face his backup.
On Thursday, Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi sent a tweet making Max Browne’s transfer official, welcoming the former Trojans starting quarterback to the Panthers.
— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) January 5, 2017
Of course, Browne is the same quarterback who beat Darnold for the Trojans’ starting job back in September and started the opening three games of the season. He then watched from the sideline as Darnold became perhaps the hottest name in college football by the end of the Rose Bowl.
Browne, who was a redshirt junior in 2016 and had already graduated, will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer. He announced in December that he would transfer, and tweeted a few weeks later that he would head to Pittsburgh.
— Max Browne (@MaxBrowne4) December 15, 2016
Browne completed 58 of 93 passes for 507 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions this past season.
Pittsburgh had success with a graduate transfer in 2016, bringing in Nate Peterman from Tennessee. Peterman ranked eighth among all FBS quarterbacks in total quarterback rating. Against Penn State back in September, Peterman threw four 3 touchdowns and 1 interception in a 42-39 win.