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It’s official: Terps transfer is Badgers’ starting QB

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Despite head coach Bret Bielema stating back in late March that Danny O’Brien was promised nothing but the chance to compete for the starting quarterback job, the transfer from Maryland was widely expected to nail down the job as Russell Wilson‘s replacement sooner rather than later.

Sunday evening, Bielema made the inevitable official.

In a pair of tweets posted to his Twitter account, Bielema announced that O’Brien had indeed won the QB competition and will start the opener vs. Northern Iowa.  O’Brien beat out senior Curt Phillips and redshirt freshman Joel Stave for the job.

“Also had so many questions about our QB situation that want everyone to know we are going to start Danny O’Brien in our opener against UNI,” Bielema’s Twitter account stated in one tweet, which was quickly proceeded by “Both Curt and Joel had great camps as well, we are very fortunate that we have 3 QB’s that can play winning football for us. On Wisconsin!”

With the expected now officially official, and as we posed in our preseason Top 25, the question now becomes

Which model Danny O’Brien will the Badgers get this season, the 2010 Hummer or 2011 Edsel?  During his true freshman season under Ralph Friedgen, O’Brien was a freshman All-American for Maryland.  Last season, under first-year Terps coach Randy Edsall, O’Brien regressed considerably as he threw more interceptions (10) than he did touchdowns (seven) just a year after throwing eight and 22, respectively.

Stay tuned for that answer, as O’Brien’s performance could go a long way in determining whether or not the Badgers can make it back-to-back Big Ten title game wins — and if they’ll be a player on the national stage.

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15 Responses to “It’s official: Terps transfer is Badgers’ starting QB”
  1. woebegong says: Aug 20, 2012 7:02 AM

    Do you think the Badgers will ever get a recruit and actually teach him to be a QB again. They are beginning to act like Auburn, but in love with ACC QB,s.

  2. baraboo99 says: Aug 20, 2012 7:47 AM

    Well speaking that they successfully recruited a 4 star QB from De La Salle this year I think there’s your answer. If it is going to do anything it’s going to show that QBs can thrive at UW and even though they are run first they are a QB friendly school.

  3. woebegong says: Aug 20, 2012 7:58 AM

    Seems like when I lived there back in the 90’s and early 2000’s, they had pretty sufficient QB’s. No Heisman’s, but I am wondering if, going the one year route for QB is such a good idea. Hopefully, their freshman this year, will be on a steep learning curve so he will be ready to go in the next year. Hopefully, also, the transfer from MD. will get coached up a lot better than he did under the Edsal regime. I think he is a pretty good athlete.

  4. davidjcu says: Aug 20, 2012 9:00 AM

    I bet Maryland is wishing they still had Danny Obrien now that CJ Brown is done for the year

  5. tomtravis76 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:24 AM

    Why doesn’t he have to sit out this season as a transfer?

  6. woebegong says: Aug 20, 2012 9:28 AM

    I think he got some kind of hardship waiver.

  7. nolanwiffle says: Aug 20, 2012 10:10 AM

    He graduated early from MD, and has athletic eligibility remaining. As a result, he can play without sitting a year.

  8. beedubyatoo says: Aug 20, 2012 10:13 AM

    “…but I am wondering if, going the one year route…”
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    O’Brian has junior eligibility this year and has two more years at UW.

  9. woebegong says: Aug 20, 2012 10:19 AM

    Oh yeah, that’s right. So I guess if he only played 3 years at Md. he can continue graduate work and play for a max 2 years all together, unless the 5 year max rule has been changed by the NCAA.

  10. beedubyatoo says: Aug 20, 2012 11:17 AM

    woebegong says:Aug 20, 2012 10:19 AM

    Oh yeah, that’s right. So I guess if he only played 3 years at Md. he can continue graduate work and play for a max 2 years all together, unless the 5 year max rule has been changed by the NCAA.
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    Were you paying attention in reading class when you were in school? He only played the 2010 and 2011 seasons at Maryland. Has 2 years of eligibility remaining.

  11. woebegong says: Aug 20, 2012 11:28 AM

    I will just ignore your attempts as being a smart A** and attribute them to you being either a SNERT or unemployed and feeling the need to lash out out people.
    As I said, if you had read the comment comment, the NCAA rule used to be 5 years max in college. I also correctly stated that he would have 2 years left, unless the NCAA had somehow changed the 5 year rule. Is that simple enough for even you to understand. Certainly, you should be mature enough to use mommies computer to read what is said. Now go on little person, because this adult doesn’t have the time or patience to waste on your childish remarks.

  12. vegasrobert says: Aug 20, 2012 1:41 PM

    I feel bad for MD. Sounds like your coach is in over way over his head.

  13. beedubyatoo says: Aug 20, 2012 2:14 PM

    “…but I am wondering if, going the one year route for QB is such a good idea…”

    “I also correctly stated that he would have 2 years left…”
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    Did you doze off in math class too?

  14. mvp43 says: Aug 20, 2012 5:28 PM

    No surprise here. With a steady dose of Montee Ball coming at you, the QB does not need to be the focal point, at least early in the season. By the time Big 10 season starts, he should have developed enough chemistry with his receivers and end up with number close to Russell Wilson.

  15. seanmmartin says: Aug 20, 2012 8:07 PM

    He graduated + He has eligibility left + He enrolled at a school with a major that was not available at UMD = Madison, WI.

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