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Trojans coach Clay Helton names Max Browne at starting QB against Alabama

USC quarterback Max Browne (No. 4) attempting a hand-off against Arizona State in 2015: Mark J. Rebilas - USA TODAY Sports

While Nick Saban continues to let Alabama’s quarterback situation play out, head coach Clay Helton already knows who he will appoint as Southern California’s trigger puller to open the season.

According to a tweet from ESPN’s College Football insider Brett McMurphy, Helton has named redshirt junior Max Browne as the starter for USC against Alabama on Sept. 3 at AT&T Stadium.

Browne, a native of Sammamish, Wa., saw action in three games last season.

He completed eight of 12 pass attempts for 113 yards. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound quarterback is taking over for the departed Cody Kessler. Kessler, who played from 2011-15, accounted for 3,536 passing yards with 29 touchdowns to seven interceptions in 14 games a year ago.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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