QB Browne’s Pitt career over due to shoulder injury

Pittsburgh quarterback Max Browne’s senior season is over following shoulder surgery, coach Pat Narduzzi announced Thursday.

Browne, a graduate transfer from Southern California, was injured on a sack against Syracuse last week and had his right throwing are in a sling afterward. Narduzzi said he underwent surgery on Wednesday.

“It’s not a great thing for our program, it’s not great for him, but he’s hanging in there and he’s good,” Narduzzi said.

Browne transferred to Pitt after losing the starting job at USC to Sam Darnold last season. He completed 96 of 135 passes for 997 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in six games for Pitt (2-4).

Redshirt sophomore Ben DiNucci will start at quarterback against No. 20 N.C. State on Saturday, with true freshman Kenny Pickett elevated to No. 2 on the depth chart. DiNucci has completed 36 of 65 passes for 442 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while posting a 116.5 passer rating this season.

“Obviously, they’re a Top 25 team for a reason; they’re good, so we’re gonna have to execute pretty well on Saturday,” DiNucci said of preparing to play N.C. State.

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