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Danny O'Brien came to Wisconsin as a highly regarded transfer who was expected to not only be a competent quarterback for the Badgers, but also to provide stability moving forward. The Maryland transfer immediately won the starting spot, and played well against Northern Iowa.
However, against Oregon State, the wheels came off. O'Brien was ineffective against the Beavers, and then benched in favor of Joel Stave following more uninspired play against Utah State.
O'Brien was given one last opportunity against Nebraska, but his decision to improvise the final play, resulting in a fumble, cost Wisconsin the game.
Following Stave's injury, O'Brien was again unable to win back the job, and is now the back up for Curt Phillips.
From starter to third on the depth chart, clearly the 2012 season hasn't gone as expected for Danny O'Brien.