Maryland Football: Danny O'Brien Speaks out About Decision to Transfer

Blake Silvers@JBlakeSilversAnalyst IIIFebruary 14, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 24: Quarterback Danny O'Brien #5 of the Maryland Terrapins hands the ball off against the Temple Owls at Byrd Stadium on September 24, 2011 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Former Maryland starting quarterback Danny O'Brien is finally released a statement concerning his decision earlier this week to leave the football program.  

The statement, which was within an email released by Eric Prisbell of the Washington Post, gives the following statement from O'Brien about his reasons for transferring: 

"After careful thought, contemplation, prayer, and consultation with my family, we have come to a consensus that it is in my best interest to continue my educational and athletic endeavors elsewhere.

This was a very difficult decision, one which I did not take lightly. I will forever cherish the friendships of teammates, academic and athletic support staff, fellow students, professors, and of course Terp fans.

Playing at Byrd Stadium and experiencing college life in College Park will remain as unforgettable experiences for the rest of my life. I certainly wish nothing but the best to the team next season and for years to come.

I look forward to completing one of my established goals of graduating from the University of Maryland this spring and becoming a proud alumnus of this great institution. -Danny O’Brien"

It became public on Monday that O'Brien, who was poised to go into 2012 camps as the supposed starter, would be among the recent pool of transfers away from the Maryland program, a number which is now well into the double digits since Coach Randy Edsall took over the program last season.  

With two years of eligibility remaining for the redshirt sophomore quarterback, the next step will be finding a school interested in his services.