Max Wittek and fellow sophomore Cody Kessler got most of the snaps but most eyes focused on freshman Max Browne, the No. 1 high school quarterback in the country, who participated in his first college practice today.
“I struggled a little bit,’’ Browne said. “There were some first-day struggles under center. Coach (Clay) Helton thought I had good command of the huddle.’’
Like many high school quarterbacks these days, Browne must make the transition from running every play in the shotgun to moving under center at USC. The other issue is the speed of a college defense.
“It’s a whole other element,’’ Browne said.
Kiffin said Browne performed as expected in his first practice.
“He’s very unique in being able to handle the huddle,’’ Kiffin said.
Kiffin was prepared to name Kessler the first-day most valuable player until defensive end Jabari Ruffin intercepted a pass late in practice.
“It’s hard to name someone the MVP when they throw an interception,’’ Kiffin said.