Today, ex-Maryland Quarterback Danny O’Brien announced that he would be transferring to the University of Wisconsin. The Quarterback has two years of eligibility left and can play immediately thanks to graduating from Maryland this May.
O’Brien was the 2010 ACC Freshman of the year, and despite losing his starting job and having more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (7) last season was highly sought after by many programs from across the country. Wisconsin beat out Penn State — who was a close second for O’Brien — Vanderbilt, and others for his services.
O’Brien could follow the footsteps of ex-NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson and take over immediately for Wisconsin, but ultimately will have to compete for the job.
Wisconsin Coach Bret Bielema had this statement following the O’Brien announcement:
“We’re excited that Danny has chosen to attend Wisconsin. The first thing we did when we were aware of Danny’s interest was to try and find out what type of person he was and if he would fit into our program. From our dealings with him and all the things I have heard from those who have been around him, he is a tremendous person and has great character. He had a fantastic visit and our current players who met him came away impressed. Having graduated from Maryland in just three years, you know right away that he is a smart kid.
“As is the case with any player who joins our program, we have not promised Danny anything other than the chance to come in during the fall and compete for the starting quarterback position. He understands that and is excited for that opportunity.”
Another Football Transfer
In other Maryland news, Cornerback Avery Graham, a redshirt junior, has decided to transfer from the University of Maryland. Graham was listed as the backup Cornerback behind Jeremiah Johnson. Graham had played as the hybrid outside linebacker/safety through the first six games of the season, but a knee injury against Clemson ended his year.
“I’m disappointed that Avery has decided to leave us, but he didn’t feel he was going to be a starter in the fall,” Coach Randy Edsall said. “Avery was a hard worker during his time here and we wish him well.”
Graham was from Clarksburg, Md., and marks the 13th member of Maryland’s 2011 team to leave with eligibility remaining.
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