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Danny O’Brien goes from Terps to Badgers… to D-II

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Following the 2010 season, Danny O’Brien was named as both a Freshman All-American and the ACC’s Rookie of the Year.

Less than three years later, the former Maryland and Wisconsin quarterback will continue his collegiate playing career, albeit at a much, much lower level to which he’s accustomed.

Speaking to, O’Brien’s high school coach confirmed that he will continue plying his quarterback wares at Catawba College.  That particular institution competes at the Division II level of the NCAA’s athletic rung.

According to the coach, Todd Willert, the fact that his former player’s new destination is so close to O’Brien’s North Carolina hometown tipped the scales.

“He just wants to go and have some fun and play some football,” Willert said. “I think he’s excited to play back in North Carolina so it’s not so far away from everything. Family and friends and everybody can go watch him in his last year. I think he’s looking forward to that.”

O’Brien will head into Catawba as a fifth-year senior, his final year of eligibility.

After what appeared to be a breakout freshman season, and after Ralph Friedgen was for whatever reason fired as Maryland’s head coach, O’Brien lost his starting job midway through Randy Edsall‘s first season as the Terps’ coach.  In February of last year, O’Brien announced a transfer from Maryland and ultimately landed at Wisconsin.

Starting the 2012 season as the Badgers’ starting quarterback, O’Brien lost his job and, ultimately, announced another transfer in June of this year.

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5 Responses to “Danny O’Brien goes from Terps to Badgers… to D-II”
  1. indywvu says: Jul 21, 2013 9:10 PM

    Comment quickly, everyone…or he might transfer again before you get the chance!

  2. greej1938l says: Jul 22, 2013 1:01 AM


  3. ryanw822 says: Jul 22, 2013 7:55 AM

    The kid was never any good. He made his career off of one Labor Day Night game against a depleted and horrific Miami defense. Didnt help that Scott Van Pelt basicallly jerked this kid off live on the radio the following day.

  4. florida727 says: Jul 22, 2013 8:39 AM

    I don’t blame him for the transfers. Basically, he’s just a kid that wants to play more football. If he (ever) thought he was good enough for the NFL, he should take comfort in knowing that if the NFL has proven one thing, it’s this: if you can play at their level, they’ll find you, no matter where you’re playing (anyone remember Lyle Alzado? He went to college in YANKTON, SOUTH DAKOTA!). And if he isn’t good enough to play at that level, at least he got a chance to play one more season as the starter. I say, good for him. Wish him luck.

  5. throw46 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:38 PM

    Florida 727…the adage the the nfl will find you is nice….but that’s all it is. Your very naive believing that. It sounds good but the stars basically have to align to even get a chance at lower level school. There are plenty of guys that could do well in the nfl….it’s just that they never got the opportunity.

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