Found March 28, 2012 on
Fox Sports Wisconsin:
MADISON, Wis. For the second straight season, the University of Wisconsin football team will solve its quarterback problems with a graduate transfer student.
Given that worked out pretty well with Russell Wilson last season, Badgers football coach Bret Bielema was pleased to announce Wednesday that Danny O'Brien, who started 17 games at Maryland in the past two years, has committed to Wisconsin and will attend graduate school there this fall.
"We're excited that Danny has chosen to attend Wisconsin," Bielema said in a statement. "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."
Maryland announced in February that O'Brien who has two years of eligibility remaining -- was leaving its program, and speculation began almost immediately that the Badgers would be one of his top suitors. Wisconsin was almost devoid of quarterbacks with game experience after Wilson used up his last season of eligibility with the Badgers following a transfer from North Carolina State last summer. Wisconsin entered spring practice with only two healthy QBs, and O'Brien visited the campus last weekend.
Like Wilson, O'Brien got off to a strong start at an ACC school but eventually fell out of favor with his team. North Carolina State wanted Wilson who led the Badgers to the Rose Bowl last season -- to stop splitting his attention between football and baseball, and Maryland soured on O'Brien when he struggled in new coach Randy Edsall's spread offense. In 2010, however, O'Brien was the ACC Rookie of the Year after throwing for 2,438 yards and 22 touchdowns with eight interceptions in 10 starts. He led the Terrapins to a 9-4 record, but the team fell to 2-10 in 2011, and O'Brien threw for only 1,648 yards and seven touchdowns with 10 interceptions in nine starts.
O'Brien, a 6-foot-3 215-pounder whose 2011 season ended when he suffered a broken bone in his non-throwing arm during a Nov. 12 loss to Notre Dame, reportedly chose Wisconsin over Penn State and Vanderbilt. At Wisconsin, he will run an offense similar to the pro-style attack he thrived in at Maryland in 2010.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
MADISON, Wis. In the business world, few people are hailed as saviors of a company before ever setting foot in the office for their first day on the job.No matter how talented an individual, most folks understand it usually takes time and patience to comprehend all the complex nuances required to succeed in any profession.Does a young lawyer win a million-dollar case after one week...
Former Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien has committed to playing for Wisconsin.
Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema announced the addition on Wednesday, which fills a gap for the Badgers following the departure of Russell Wilson.
Like O'Brien, Wilson took advantage of an NCAA rule that allows players who have graduated not to have to sit out a year. Wilson played one year for...
Brief discussion with Andy Coppens of Madtown Badgers
On Wednesday quarterback Danny O’Brien was officially introduced as the newest member of the Wisconsin Badgers. So much for that Penn State sweatshirt I suppose.
Danny O'Brien, heading to the land of cheese. Photo: US Presswire.
This is the second season in a row Wisconsin has welcomed a quarterback transfer from the ACC...
MADISON, Wis. Dezmen Southward won't soon forget his first day of organized football, if for no other reason than the embarrassing ordeal of properly dressing himself in practice gear.
"I actually put my pads on backwards the first day," Southward said. "I had my knee pads on my thighs. It was pretty bad. I had no idea what to do. I was lost."
One word from Danny O'Brien pretty much summed up his reasons for coming to Wisconsin and that was "home." O'Brien made it clear that football and academics played a key role in his decision to come to Wisconsin on Wednesday afternoon when he spoke to the media. He also made it clear that the winning tradition at Wisconsin was equally enticing.
MADISON, Wis. A quirk in the class schedule means Wisconsin's football team receives a reprieve from spring practice beginning Friday.
That's when spring break officially begins, which gives Badgers players more than one full week to recuperate from the first four practices of spring ball. Though Thursday represented the team's first spring practice in full pads, the...
MADISON, Wis. With the game clock winding down and Wisconsin's basketball team in desperate need of a bucket to save its season against Syracuse, every person on the court knew which player would have the ball in his hands. Badgers point guard Jordan Taylor had been instrumental in leading his team's improbable NCAA tournament comeback, but faced with a one-point deficit...
Fresh off the success of last year’s so-called “rent-a-player” or “free agent quarterback signing” Russell Wilson, the Wisconsin Badgers inked another prominent college football transfer: Maryland’s Danny O’Brien. The junior will have two years of eligibility in Madison beginning this fall.
They had been in the hunt for Notre Dame signal caller Dayne Crist, but he...
Danny O'Brien spent Monday afternoon in State College, Pennsylvania to take in Penn State's first spring football practice. Photos of him in a Penn State sweatshirt and windbreaker caused a frenzy among the Nittany faithful. Now, it appears, all of that commotion was for nothing.
Danny O'Brien is "poised" to join the Wisconsin Badgers, according Jeff Potrykus...
It's day two in our Grading the Basketball Badgers series and it's Jared Berggren's turn under the microscope.
If you missed our first player in the series, the Madison Microwave himself you can find our look at Ben Brust by clicking here. But here is our look at Jared Berggren's 2011-12 season.
One of the biggest question marks entering the 2011-12 season...
When Wisconsin held its pro day, the Badgers' Nick Toon wasn't the only impressive wide receiver on the field. A former Division III football and basketball standout had a big day in front of scouts, and is seen as a potential Owen Daniels-type player.
If Wisconsin and head coach Bret Bielema had a cabinet full of healthy quarterbacks, the Badgers wouldn't been players again on the 'free agency' market. But with injuries to Jon Budmayr, Bart Houston and Curt Phillips and with the good fit O'Brien was with his players, it was a smart move for Bielema and UW to make.
First Ruseell Wilson, now Danny O'Brien.For the second year in a row the Wisconsin Badgers will have a former ACC quarterback on the roster. 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year Danny O'Brien is taking his talents to Madison to play quarterback for the Badgers.Landing an ACC quarterback transfer has worked out for Wisconsin. Last year Russell Wilson came from North Carolina State...