Browne’s ca­reer is over

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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 USC, Browne had just one sea­son of el­i­gi­bil­ity re­main­ing.

Browne earned the start­ing job at Pitts­burgh out of train­ing camp but spent much of the first half of the sea­son split­ting time with Ben DiNucci. Browne com­pleted 96 of 135 passes for 997 yards with five touch­downs and two passes in­ter­cepted 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 North Carolina State (5-1, 3-0).

Flor­ida State guard is done for sea­son

Flor­ida State’s Lan­don Dickerson has had his sea­son cut short for the sec­ond straight year.

Coach Jimbo Fisher said Thurs­day that the sopho­more left guard will have surgery on his right an­kle Fri­day. He was in­jured dur­ing the Semi­noles’ 24-20 loss to Mi­ami on Satur­day.

Dickerson, who had started in the Semi­noles’ first four games, started seven games last sea­son be­fore suf­fer­ing a knee in­jury and miss­ing the fi­nal five.

Der­rick Kelly will move to left guard, and red­shirt fresh­man Josh Ball will take over Kelly’s spot at left tackle.

Flor­ida uni­forms praised, crit­i­cized

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 said jok­ingly 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.

The Ga­tors and Nike re­leased im­ages of the uni­forms Mon­day, say­ing the project de­signed to “show what it means to be a Ga­tor” took 18 months to com­plete.

The cam­ou­flage-styled jer­seys will be paired with “swamp-green” hel­mets, pants, socks, shoes and gloves.

There will be very lit­tle or­ange and blue, Flor­ida’s pri­mary colors.

Brett Carlsen Getty Im­ages

PITTS­BURGH QUAR­TER­BACK Max Browne had surgery on his right shoul­der, bring­ing his col­lege ca­reer to an end. Browne started his ca­reer at USC.

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