Preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA selection Max Browne is headed to the University of Southern California and appears ready to fill the shoes of USC senior quarterback Matt Barkley.
For the rest of the season, we’ll give a weekly look at football players who have either backed up the preseason hype or played their way into American Family Insurance All-USA consideration.
The postseason All-USA team will be announced in December.
This week’s player: Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) senior quarterback Max Browne.
2012 stats thus far: The 6-foot-5 Brownehas thrown 29 touchdown passes with only three interceptions, completed 73% of his passes, and averaged 300 passing yards a game while leading the Spartans to a 9-0 start. His numbers could be even higher, but he has sat out the second half of several Spartan routs.
Best Games: Threw for 398 yards and three touchdowns in a 57-25 defeat of Cottonwood (East Murray, Utah) on Sept. 7. Threw six first-half touchdowns in a 71-20 defeat of Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) on Sept. 15.
Others’ Take: “I can't see where's there's a better high school quarterback out there," said Skyline coach Mat Taylor. "His leadership and decision-making skills are unbelievable. I hate to compare him with Jake (Heaps, now at Brigham Young). It's kind of like comparing your kids. When Jake was here, we had two or three college-level linemen. Now, we're throwing the ball more to set up the run."
Look Out For: Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) quarterback Shuler Bentley and Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) quarterback Montell Cozart. While Bentley is four inches shorter than Browne and hasn't been as accurate (65.8 completion percentage with nine interceptions), his numbers are outstanding against good competition. Shuler threw for seven touchdowns on Oct. 19 in a 72-27 defeat of Mauldin (S.C.). He's already thrown for 43 touchdowns and 3,585 yards this season. Cozart, who is 6-3, 190, has passed for 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns and run for 400 yards and three touchdowns. "We wanted to work on keeping in the pocket more," Bishop Miege coach Jon Holmes said. "He's really gotten better at throwing the ball over the middle, but he will still take off when he has to."
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