Maryland Football: Former QB Danny O'Brien Close to Wisconsin Transfer

Blake SilversAnalyst IIIMarch 28, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Danny O'Brien #5 of the Maryland Terrapins rolls out to pass against the Miami Hurricanes at Byrd Stadium on September 5, 2011 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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According to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article published Wednesday, former Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien is close to becoming a Wisconsin Badger.  

Having also visited Penn State and Ole Miss, it appears that O'Brien may have made his final choice. If the transfer becomes final, and O'Brien becomes the Badgers starter in camp, he would replace another notable transfer in Russell Wilson, who arrived in Wisconsin after leaving N.C. State.  

It is unclear where the former Terp would fit on the Badgers' depth chart, however with the loss of Wilson, any added depth helps Wisconsin moving forward.  

There was some speculation that O'Brien may follow his former coordinator, James Franklin, to Vanderbilt, a move that apparently annoyed coach Randy Edsall enough to initially add a provisional road block into the terms of his quarterback's transfer, which he eventually withdrew. 

When Randy Edsall took over at Maryland in 2011, he brought with him a spread style offense that O'Brien couldn't seem to grasp. His stats were unimpressive, managing 1,648 passing yards and seven touchdowns. This was a sharp drop off from his 2,438 passing yards and 22 touchdowns in the 2010 season.  

It appears that the likelihood of O'Brien becoming a Badger is strong, but nothing has been finalized. Stay tuned.