Based on build, it’s clear Max Browne is a sophomore.
However, based on the way the thin 6-foot-5 quarterback carries himself and the way he throws the football, he seems ready to take control of Skyline’s offense.
“He’s done a tremendous job,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said. “He had a great situation last year where he was basically able to follow Jake (Heaps) and myself like a puppy dog. He’s prepared himself for this moment.”
Throughout Skyline’s state championship run in 2009, Browne was never far from Taylor’s side. He watched how Heaps, now at BYU, ran the team and he made sure he understood what Taylor expects from his quarterback.
“I know my team’s ready,” Browne said. “We will be ready, prepared. But there’s obviously going to be nerves. There’s got to be. The first game is right around the corner and I’m looking forward to it.”
Helping Browne settle in is a talented group of receivers that includes Kasen Williams, Jordan Simone and Michael Ford, a unit Taylor said is as good as the group Skyline had in 2008 that featured both Williams and Gino Simone.
“Our goal is definitely to win state, but we’ve got to take it one game at a time,” Ford said. “First we start off with Liberty, then we get to Bellevue. We’re just ready to go.
“This year is a little different, because we lost a lot. People don’t think we still have it and we’re very excited about our line this year. We’re just ready to go out there and compete and let everyone know that Skyline’s still here.”