USC makes change at quarterback after rough 1-2 start

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After a rough start, USC coach Clay Helton, left, has made a change at quarterback. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
After a rough start, USC coach Clay Helton, left, has made a change at quarterback. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

USC is making a change at quarterback.

After dropping to 1-2 with a 27-10 loss at Stanford over the weekend, USC coach Clay Helton announced Monday night that redshirt freshman Sam Darnold will start at Utah on Friday night.

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Darnold replaces redshirt junior Max Browne, who started the first three games — a blowout 52-6 loss to Alabama, a 45-7 win over Utah State and the loss to Stanford. In those three games, Browne has 474 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while completing 63.2 percent of his passes.

“I had an opportunity to evaluate the first three games and made the decision for our football team to make a change at quarterback,” Helton said. “I truly appreciate how honorably Max has played and competed. He’s not the reason we’re 1-2. He is not the scapegoat.”


Darnold, who is more of a dual-threat, replaced Browne late against Stanford and completed 5-of-7 passes for 45 yards and an interception. He has played in all three games and has 136 yards, two touchdowns and an interception overall.

Helton hopes Darnold can provide a “spark” for an offense that was lifeless against Alabama and Stanford.

“The realism of football is when you’re 1-2 and you scored one touchdown against Alabama and Stanford, I wanted to see a spark in our offense and I hope that Sam can bring that,” Helton said.

For more USC news, visit TrojanSports.com.

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