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