Freshman Sensation Danny O'Brien Could Leave the Terps

Chris LeydenCorrespondent IIDecember 21, 2010

Update: According to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Barker, Danny O'Brien will stay at the University of Maryland despite the coaching changes. To read that article, click here.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Danny O'Brien may leave the University of Maryland following the departure of both his head coach, Ralph Friedgen, and his offensive-coordinator, James Franklin.

O'Brien was key to the Terps turnaround this year, throwing for 2,257 yards and 21 touchdowns with just six interceptions.

The Terps coaching situation has been in turmoil the last week, with James Franklin leaving to become the head coach at Vanderbilt University on Friday and Ralph Friedgen having the final year of his contract bought out on Monday.

Franklin was key in recruiting O'Brien, and may be the top reason that O'Brien is contemplating taking his talents elsewhere.

The two most likely destinations for O'Brien would either be Vanderbilt with Franklin, or Virginia Tech, where many speculate Ralph Friedgen will end up. Friedgen is very close friends with Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer.

It seems unlikely that O'Brien would transfer to either destination though, as he would lose a year of eligibility at Vanderbilt, and two years if he stayed in conference and went to Virginia Tech.

The man who most speculate will replace Friedgen, Mike Leach, may be a selling point for O'Brien because he runs a high scoring spread offense and could develop O'Brien into a top NFL talent.

According to the Washington Post, O'Brien spent much of Friday night talking about his options with his high school coach.

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