Former Maryland QB Danny O'Brien leaves Wisconsin
[dropcap]D[/dropcap]anny O’Brien’s short career at Wisconsin appears to be over, and his college football future is very much in doubt.
O’Brien, the former Maryland quarterback named ACC Rookie of the Year in 2010, transferred to Wisconsin just over a year ago. He started the Badgers’ first three games last season but was benched at after three games in favor of Joel Stave and, later, Curt Phillips.
Gary Andersen reopened the quarterback competition this spring giving O’Brien another chance, but Stave and Phillips quickly distanced themselves from the pack. By the end of spring, O’Brien was No 4 on the depth chart and expected to be No. 5 when junior college transfer Tanner Mcevoy arrives in August.
Todd Willert, O’Brien’s high school coach at East Forsyth High in Kernersville, N.C., confirmed O’Brien’s departure to FOXSportsWisconsin.com.
“He’s a great kid,” Willert told the site. “He’ll find something. I really don’t know what his plans are right now. If it’s to keep pursuing football, obviously he still has one year of eligibility left. I’m sure if it’s to pursue football, he’ll be very successful in that. Whatever he does, he’ll be successful in. He’s just that kind of kid.
“But in this day and age of college sports, nothing surprises me anymore. Four different head coaches in four years is pretty crazy.”
O’Brien, who has one year of eligibility remaining, completed 52 of 86 passes (60.5 percent) for 523 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception at Wisconsin.
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