Everyone knows Skyline quarterback Max Browne’s stats look like something out of Madden game. But, in the scheme of high school quarterbacks across the country, how do his numbers stack up?
MaxPreps put out a list of potential quarterbacks who could lead the nation in passing this season. Last year, Browne passed for 4,034 yards, 45 touchdowns and completed 70 percent of his passes. Yet, as MaxPreps pointed out, Browne attempted only 29 passes per game last year, the lowest of the candidates who played. He also averaged 9.86 yards per attempt last season, the third-highest total of the listed quarterbacks.
The interesting thing about high school stats, though, is that in the scheme of things they don’t hold much weight for recruiting services or college coaches. Consider: Charlie High, a 6-foot-2 quarterback from Knoxville, Tenn., completed 74 percent of his passes last year and threw for more than 5,191 yards and 65 – 65! – touchdowns last year. Yet Rivals.com gave him no stars, and his only offer is from Tennessee Tech.
So could Max Browne lead the country in passing? The answer is twofold: Yes, he absolutely could, but the odds are that he won’t throw the ball enough to do so.
That’s not a knock on Browne at all. The reality is just that others throw it around more.