QB Max Browne out for the season
Max Browne’s college football career is over. The Pittsburgh quarterback has undergone surgery on his right shoulder and is out for the rest of the season. Browne was injured in the third quarter of a loss to Syracuse last weekend. A graduate transfer from Southern California, Browne had just one season of eligibility remaining. Browne earned the starting job at Pitt out of training camp but spent much of the first half of the season splitting time with Ben DiNucci. Browne completed 96 of 135 for 997 yards with 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in six games. Browne signed with the Trojans as a five-star recruit in 2013 but struggled to live up to expectations. He started the first three games of the year for the Trojans in 2016 before being replaced by Sam Darnold. DiNucci will get the start for the Panthers (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) on Saturday when they host No. 20 N.C. State (5-1, 3-0).
‘Swamp green’ jerseys get mixed reviews
Florida’s alternate uniforms, the “swamp green” ones designed to literally look like alligators, are drawing reviews ranging from awful to awesome. Coach Jim McElwain jokes that his “hate mail” tripled since the uniforms were unveiled earlier this week. The ultimate appraisal comes Saturday night when the unranked Gators (3-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) play Texas A&M (4-2, 2-1) at Florida Field, a matchup under the lights that will give the new duds a chance to shine or get shunned. If Florida loses, the uniforms surely will be blamed, burned and banished to the program’s Hall of Shame. If the Gators play well in their nontraditional getup, then there certainly will be pleas to dust them off down the road. “They’re going to like them when we win in them,” linebacker Kylan Johnson said.