Skyline High (Sammamish, Wash.) senior quarterback Max Browne was named the 2012-13 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year on Tuesday. The 6-foot-5, 218-pound senior, bound for USC, led the Spartans to a 14-0 record and a second straight Class 4A state championship this fall. Browne passed for 4,526 yards along with 49 touchdowns, completing 277-of-377 attempts while throwing just five interceptions.
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We sat down with Browne to better understand how he outshined more than 1 million high school football players nationwide to win the award.
Q: Are you worried your fantasy football starter RGIII will be supplanted now that his backup, Kirk Cousins, is the NFL’s flavor of the week?
A: Well, I’m out of the playoffs, so I may have to make a late-season pickup just to make things look respectable, but otherwise, RGIII is my QB and I retain the rights to him when the league rolls over.
Q: Nick Saban came from Alabama to recruit you, you’re headed to USC, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson here today to present you with National Gatorade honors. Do you have to pinch yourself sometimes to make sure you’re not dreaming?
A: It’s definitely been a great ride. Sometimes I really have to stop and reflect for it to hit me. That’s when I realize there are all these things I’m so grateful for. It’s really been a fun four years.
Q: Your senior year began just 14 weeks ago. Can you believe you’re starting college in a month after early graduation?
A: It really hasn’t hit me yet and I don’t think it will. I’ve got the holidays and then the All-American game and then classes start at USC. I think it’s actually slightly less than a month.
Q: You’ve said you’re too uncoordinated to even get on a skateboard, yet your footwork is excellent for a 6-foot-5 guy. Explain.
A: Skateboard, snowboard, wakeboard; I can’t get on any of them. My friends think it’s pretty funny, but I try to stay away from them. If I don’t, it doesn’t end well.
Q: What will stand out for you when you look back on a high school career that included 37 wins, 144 touchdown passes and two state titles?
A: Definitely the journey. The little stuff that got us there. The extra workouts. Those moments at practice. Those times spent with my teammates who have been my best friends since I was five years old. It’s been a special time in my life that I’ll always cherish.
Q: The 2007-08 National Gatorade Football Player of the Year, Matt Barkley, became the first true-freshman starter in USC history. Do you think you can be the second?
A: I’m going to try to be. The coaches have told me I’ll have a chance to compete for the opportunity. I’ll be competing against (current Trojans) Max (Wittek) and Kody (Kessler), so that’s a huge challenge, but all you can ask for is a chance.