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The Badgers drew some interest late last year from another transferring quarterback, Dayne Crist, who decided to leave Notre Dame for Kansas.

Now O'Brien said he hopes to impress his new teammates with hard work.

“That’s the best way to earn respect, just to show it by example,” O'Brien said.

O'Brien played well as a redshirt freshman in 2010, completing 57 percent of his passes for 2,438 yards with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. But he struggled last season as Maryland switched coaches and offensive styles.

In nine games in 2011, O'Brien completed 56.4 percent of his passes for 1,648 yards with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions. O'Brien lost playing time to C.J. Brown as the season went on. Then he broke his left arm against Notre Dame on Nov. 12, ending his season.

O'Brien said the injury to his non-throwing arm did not require surgery, and he had fully recovered as of a month ago.

While he might not have Wilson’s running ability, he does have superior size; O'Brien is listed at 6-3, while Wilson was under 6 feet.

Now he’s looking forward to life behind one of the biggest and best offensive lines in college football.

“You hear how big these guys are, but until you see them practice, it doesn’t do them justice,” O'Brien said.