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Danny O’Brien Most Likely to Start for Wisconsin Badgers

By JBrigham | Posted Wednesday, April 4


Badgers Danny O'Brien


Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien will transfer to Wisconsin this year. He is one of three quarterbacks in the Badgers spring camp. O’Brien joins freshman walk-on Joel Stave and sophomore Joe Brennan as they are all competing for the vacant position at Quarterback. Both underclassmen are likely “red shirts” for next season. For O’Brien, the position will most likely go to the newcomer. Three more Badgers quarterbacks are also on the team roster, but none are at their full health. Jon Budmayr (the runner-up to Russell Wilson in last year’s spring camp,) is still out with nerve issues. Curt Phillips is getting some time on the field, but is recovering from numerous knee problems that developed over three years ago. California native Bart Houston, a freshman pick-up by Wisconsin in February, is expected to be out until at least 2013. This came after a shoulder surgery failed to bring Houston back to health.

O’Brien Likes Badgers Style of Offense

O’Brien’s first year at Maryland began with promise, though his final season with the Terrapins wasn’t as fulfilling. Under head coach Ralph Friedgen’s pro-style offense, O’Brien completed over fifty-percent of his passes, ending 2010 with twenty-two touchdowns and ten interceptions. He won the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year award that same season. 2011, however, would see the quarterback struggle. Coach Friedgen was fired and replaced by Randy Edsdall, who renovated the offense into a spread-style. O’Brien had trouble with the new system, throwing more picks than scores, and eventually losing his starting spot mid-season. A release from his commitment in Maryland was quickly granted, giving the six-foot-two quarterback the opportunity to play his last two years of eligibility elsewhere. It’s most likely that the Badgers will make it a priority to have O’ Brien as the starter for 2012.

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