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Originally published Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM

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2012 newsmakers: Max Browne

Quarterback Max Browne led Skyline to another Class 4A state football championship and was named Gatorade national player of the year.

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What else can you say about the high-school quarterback who has done everything?

Skyline senior Max Browne reached just about every benchmark, statistical or otherwise, that a prep quarterback could strive for. He passed for 4,526 yards during his senior season, led his team to a 14-0 record and the Class 4A state championship and had a touchdown-to-interception ratio of nearly 10-to-1.

Browne, who is committed to USC, did all of this under an increasingly watchful eye. The growing popularity of recruiting has led to enhanced scrutiny of high-school players, putting them in the public eye long before they take the field in college.

Browne wasn't a player who did anything under the radar, but was nearly flawless through it all. He was named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He was named Washington's Gatorade Player of the Year. And then, not long after that, he was named the national Gatorade Player of the Year.

He came through when it mattered most. In Skyline of Sammamish's five playoff games, Browne threw for 1,883 yards, 20 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He finished his career as Washington's career leader in passing yards and completions.

As coaches repeated quite often this season, he might be the best the state has ever seen.

Browne will graduate from Skyline a semester early and enroll at USC. He'll have every chance to win Matt Barkley's old job.

Jayson Jenks

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