2004: Former Purdue starter Hance will serve as a backup quarterback as a senior in 2004.
2003: After sitting out the 2002 campaign following his transfer from Purdue, Hance spent most of his 2003 junior season as USC's third-string quarterback. But he moved up to the No. 2 role late in the year after backup John David Booty was injured against UCLA. Overall in 2003 while seeing brief action in 5 games (Hawaii, Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA and Oregon State), he completed 4-of-9 passes (44.4%) for 44 yards. He was 1-of-2 for 13 yards against Hawaii, 1-of-1 for 8 yards at Arizona and 2-of-6 for 23 yards versus UCLA. Following 2003 spring practice, he had follow-up arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder to remove scar tissue and also arthroscopic surgery on his knee.
2002: Hance enrolled at USC in the fall of 2002 after transferring from Purdue-where he was the starter in 2001-and had to sit out his 2002 junior season per the NCAA transfer rule. He had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right shoulder during 2002 fall practice.
PURDUE: He started Purdue's first 9 games of 2001 at quarterback as a sophomore and led the Boilermakers to a 6-3 record. Overall, he completed 136-of-258 (52.7%) passes for 1,529 yards with 8 TDs and 10 interceptions, averaging 169.9 yards a game. He also was the team's No. 3 rusher, getting 242 yards on 112 carries (2.2 avg.) with 4 scores. He averaged 196.8 yards of total offense. He also caught a 31-yard TD pass (versus Minnesota). He threw for a career-best 306 yards and 3 TDs on 22-of-36 passing versus Minnesota, plus ran for 70 yards on 13 tries. He was 21-of-37 for 252 yards and 2 scores versus Akron. He hit 16-of-33 throws for 198 yards and a TD versus Michigan and 14-of-31 passes for 190 yards and a TD, plus 49 rushing yards and a score on 9 tries, versus Northwestern. His other starts came against Cincinnati (14-of-25, 117 yards), Iowa (17-of-33, 147 yards, plus 52 yards and a TD on 14 rushes), Illinois (15-of-25, 132 yards, 1 TD), Ohio State (10-of-22, 122 yards) and Michigan State (7-of-12, 65 yards before being replaced for the rest of the season by Kyle Orton). He was the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 30) and was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team.
As a freshman in 2000, he played in 2 games as a reserve, completing 5-of-9 passes (55.9%) for 40 yards and a TD, plus ran for 37 yards on 7 carries (5.3 avg.). He went 4-of-6 for 22 yards with a TD versus Kent State. He entered Purdue in the spring of 2000 after graduating early from high school.
HIGH SCHOOL: He won 1999 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, USA Today All-USA honorable mention, Super Prep All-Far West, Prep Star All-Western Region, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and All-L.A. City second team honors as a senior at Taft High in Woodland Hills (Calif.). He completed 169-of-281 passes (60.1%) for 2,400 yards with 22 TDs and 9 interceptions in 1999, plus ran for 500-plus yards and 7 scores.
As a junior in 1998, he was an All-L.A. City second team pick as he threw for 2,200-plus yards with 22 TDs and 6 interceptions and ran for 400-plus yards with 7 scores. Taft won the 1998 L.A. City title. He completed 60% of his passes in his prep career. Current Trojans Gregg Guenther, Greig Carlson and Steve Smith also prepped at Taft.
PERSONAL: He is a music industry major at USC with a B+ average (3.47 GPA). He has interned at several Beverly Hills entertainment-based talent and management agencies. In the summer of 2003, he recorded a public service announcement geared toward college students for the Meningitis Foundation of America as part of the organization's Meningitis Awareness and Prevention month.
BRANDON HANCE ON:
Being a backup quarterback: "Sometimes I feel embarrassed because your whole life you're the guy. And all of a sudden, you're not. As a quarterback, you're either the guy or you're not. And, of course, everyone knows. But the sympathy you receive from people isn't exactly what you want. But you just have to keep your head up. It's tough with things that are out of your control, but you've got to stay positive and prepare yourself, so if I do get put in to win a game, I want to be as prepared as possible."
Coming off of shoulder surgery: "When I came out in the spring of 2003, I couldn't throw and I knew it. I was kind of side-arming stuff and definitely wasn't the player I could've been. It was like, 'Hey, this is my opportunity right here and I'm nowhere near being able to perform at my highest level.' And that was my first exposure to the team, so it was frustrating because I looked like this weak-armed quarterback...I felt confident enough in my shoulder in the spring where I could go out and compete for the job. But did I have maximum velocity or consistent mechanics? No. But what was I going to say? No, I'm not ready?"
Leaving Purdue: "From the moment the plane landed, I never really felt comfortable at Purdue...I said to myself, 'Okay, if I can't be happy as the starting quarterback on a Big Ten championship team, then maybe this isn't the place I'm supposed to be."
WHAT OTHERS SAY:
USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow: "He's a terrific kid and a very good, mature quarterback. He could easily sit around and pouted, but he doesn't do that. He's one step away from playing, so he's got to prepare himself."
GAME-BY-GAME WITH BRANDON HANCE