Wisconsin Badgers new “free agent signing” at QB: Maryland’s Danny O’Brien


Fresh off the success of last year’s so-called “rent-a-player” or “free agent quarterback signing” Russell Wilson, the Wisconsin Badgers inked another prominent college football transfer: Maryland’s Danny O’Brien. The junior will have two years of eligibility in Madison beginning this fall.

They had been in the hunt for Notre Dame signal caller Dayne Crist, but he choose to follow the coach who recruited him, Charlie Weiss, to the Kansas Jayhawks instead. If O’Brien enjoys even a fraction of the success the last ACC transferdid (new NCAA record for single season passing efficiency, set in the Rose Bowl, greatest year by a quarterback in Badgers, Big Ten history), then this process will have been well worth it.

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College Football 77 in 77: #44 Maryland Terrapins

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Fear the Turtle? Depends on who you talk to. There seems to be a very big standard deviation in terms of where college football gurus have the Maryland Terrapins going this year. It all depends on how much you believe the running game (ranked 82nd in the nation last year) will improve in 2011. Yes, the defense returns 7/10 tacklers from last fall, so it’s going to be on the O to get it done in College Park. And Terps starting signal caller Danny O’Brien could bring home the Davey O’Brien this fall (see what I did there?) as he’s the best returning passer in the ACC.

Over the years, the Terrapins have produced several prominent quarterbacks. Starting with three consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championships from 1983 to 1985, the program was sometimes referred to as “Quarterback U”.Since then, Maryland quarterbacks Boomer Esiason, Frank Reich, Stan Gelbaugh, Neil O’Donnell, Scott Zolak, and Scott Milanovich have been considered part of that tradition.

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