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Topic - Danny O'Brien
O'Brien arrived as a transfer from Maryland a year ago. He won the starting job coming out of preseason camp last year and held it for three games before he was replaced by Joel Stave.
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As transfers from ACC schools who were eligible to play right away, the comparisons between new Wisconsin quarterback Danny O'Brien and predecessor Russell Wilson are inevitable.
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Maryland coach Randy Edsall named freshman Perry Hills as the Terrapins' starting quarterback on Tuesday.
With a pair of division heavyweights facing postseason bans, a lot of things would have to go wrong for Wisconsin to miss out on another trip to the Big Ten title game. And even after recent off-the-field drama involving star running back Montee Ball, Bret Bielema's team has its eyes on even bigger goals.
Every coach deserves a second chance, and this season was Randy Edsall's. He did not, to put it mildly, score a touchdown in his first year at Maryland. Indeed, he aggravated many inside and especially outside the football building with a swagger and certitude that simply didn't jibe with his 74-70 record at Connecticut.
One awkward cut during a mid-August practice ended Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown's junior year before it started — and quite possibly altered the trajectory of the Terrapins' season as well.
The situations are so alike that Danny O'Brien had to go out of his way to remind everybody that he's not the same player as Russell Wilson.
Former Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien has committed to playing for Wisconsin.
A dozen players with eligibility remaining left Maryland's football program since the end of a miserable 2-10 season in coach Randy Edsall's debut.
College athletics is sashaying toward a tipping point. I say "sashaying" because it suggests a certain obliviousness, a lack of self-awareness, and the folks in college sports have always scored high in those particular categories. High enough to qualify for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
Danny O'Brien once looked like he would shatter many of the career passing records at Maryland. After playing his sophomore season under coach Randy Edsall, O'Brien is following a well-worn path out of College Park.
Maryland announced the hire of Mike Locksley as its offensive coordinator Thursday. What might be more interesting than his work running the Terrapins' offense, though, will be the value of his recruiting acumen and ability to learn from an abysmal run as a head coach.
Maryland offensive coordinator Gary Crowton will not return next season, a source familiar with the program said Wednesday.
The State Journal of Madison says O'Brien confirmed his departure.
"I think if you get caught up in trying to make plays, go the extra mile, you end up missing the easy stuff and missing stuff that you should have got," O'Brien said.