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.
O’Brien, offensive tackle Max Garcia and linebacker Mario Rowson all intend to transfer, the school said in a release. Since the end of the season, 12 players with eligibility have departed the program; since Edsall took over, the total is 24.
O’Brien is the biggest name yet to depart. He was the 2010 ACC rookie of the year, throwing 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. But he struggled in since-deposed offensive coordinator Gary Crowton’s system, throwing seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His season ended when he broke his left (non-throwing arm) in a Nov. 12 loss to Notre Dame.
“I’m disappointed by Danny’s decision,” Edsall said in a statement released by the school. “Danny told me that he’s not committed to our program, that he’s not ‘all in.’ I want what’s best for all of our players. Danny wants a fresh start elsewhere. I wish him well.”
O’Brien is expected to graduate this spring; he would have two years of eligibility as a graduate student wherever he opts to continue his career.
O’Brien’s departure leaves C.J. Brown as the only scholarship quarterback on Maryland’s roster entering spring practice.
Garcia’s loss is just as crucial. He started all 12 games last season at left tackle and has two years of eligibility remaining. He joins R.J. Dill, a three-year starter at tackle who will play his final season at Rutgers, as offensive line starters departing with eligibility left.
Rowson, a converted defensive back, started four games at linebacker last season in place of the injured Kenny Tate. Edsall said in a statement Rowson wanted to play defensive back and that the staff still viewed him as a linebacker.
—- Patrick Stevens