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QB Danny O'Brien, two others leaving Maryland

Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:13 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 12:16 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien has been released from his scholarship and will seek a transfer, the school announced on Monday. O'Brien's exit was announced in an official release along with starting offensive tackle Max Garcia and linebacker Mario Rowson.

“I’m disappointed by Danny’s decision,” head coach Randy Edsall said in the release. “Danny told me that he’s not committed to our program, that he’s not ‘all in.’ I want what’s best for all of our players. Danny wants a fresh start elsewhere. I wish him well.”

O'Brien, the 2010 ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year, is coming of a rough sophomore season that included temporarily losing the starting job to freshman C.J. Brown. After lighting up opponents under former offensive coordinator James Franklin for 22 touchdowns and just 8 interceptions, O'Brien struggled in the new system. He finished 2011 with 1,648 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Sophomore Max Garcia started all 12 games at left tackle for the Terps, and according to Edsall is transferring closer to his home (Norcross, Ga.) to be near family. Rowson started four games as a redshirt freshman in 2011, and made appearances in 11. Edsall identified Rowson's displeasure as a position issue.

O'Brien's departure hurts the Terps' offense, particularly with the addition of prized recruit Stefon Diggs. Diggs, the nation's No. 14 overall recruit according to MaxPreps, reportedly was hosted by O'Brien on a recent visit to College Park. When the top ranked wide receiver announced his plans to stay home and play for Maryland, fans hoped that would be a good sign for retaining the strong armed quarterback.

Rising sophomore C.J. Brown now will be the top returning quarterback for the Terps. After being primarily a rushing threat in 2011, it will be interesting to see how Diggs and Brown are used by new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.

Maryland opens spring practice March 10, for all the latest check out the Terrapins RapidReports.

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Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:10 pm

QB Danny O'Brien, two others leaving Maryland

All I can say is how can a kid go from Offensive Rookie of the Year to the bottom of the barrel and then transferring?  I would say something stinks in Terrapin country and it started with the less than cordial firing of Friedgen.  I hope he moves across state to Pitt--they could use a good QB and he'd still be in the same region as well as the same conference (very soon at least).  It ought to be interesting to see where he goes as he could be another Russel Wilson taking a team on his shoulders and leading them to a great season.....

Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:35 pm

QB Danny O'Brien, two others leaving Maryland

Edsall's system??? What system? It changes drastically from year-to-year. No one with any talent could put up with that. This would have been O'Brien's 3rd OC in 3 years.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:19 pm

QB Danny O'Brien, two others leaving Maryland

His skill set did not fit the Edsall system.  This is no big surprise.

The offensive schemes beween Friedgen and Edsall could not be more diffrent.

Last season was the classic mismatch of personnell.  You have to slowly recruit the players that fit the system.  Using leftover players sometimes is simply a stop-gap.

Edsall will be fine at Maryland.  He has already shown to be a far superior recruiter than Friedgen (who could not recruit at all).

Let's see what Edsall can do once he has the players he wants for his system.

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:53 pm

QB Danny O'Brien, two others leaving Maryland

Edsall is a very good coach. Unless circumstances he has no control over work against him, I believe he will win at Maryland.

Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:43 pm

QB Danny O'Brien, two others leaving Maryland

I've seen some rumblings this guy could end up at Penn State.  Not sure he'd want to, but he would fit in right away as PSU needs a quarterback.  Since he's being released from his scholarship does he still have to sit our a year if he goes to another D1 program, or did he graduate already, puttin in the Russell Wilson category? 

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:05 pm

QB Danny O'Brien, two others leaving Maryland


Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:49 pm

QB Danny O'Brien, two others leaving Maryland

Whatya talking about?  nail in the coffin for the coachl?  He just landed the #5 or #7 (whichever recruit forum) top player in the nation.  A stud of a WR - PRO Prospect
he's getting his kids in there,  maryland may not be a top 10 team ever, but when you have someone who quits on you like, Danny did, you have to let him walk.

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:24 pm

QB Danny O'Brien, two others leaving Maryland

 The proverbial nail in Edsall's coffin!!! Somewhere Freidgen is laughing his ass off!!!

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