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What's next for former Maryland QB Danny O'Brien?

Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:46 am
Edited on: February 15, 2012 10:52 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

When Maryland announced that quarterback Danny O'Brien would be among the latest group to leave the football program, head coach Randy Edsall said he was "disappointed" in the decision. On Tuesday, O'Brien released a statement to the media regarding his decision to transfer.

After careful thought, contemplation, prayer, and consultation with my family, we have come to a consensus that it is in my best interest to continue my educational and athletic endeavors elsewhere.  This was a very difficult decision, one which I did not take lightly. I will forever cherish the friendships of teammates, academic and athletic support staff, fellow students, professors, and of course Terp fans.

Playing at Byrd Stadium and experiencing college life in College Park will remain as unforgettable experiences for the rest of my life. I certainly wish nothing but the best to the team next season and for years to come.  I look forward to completing one of my established goals of graduating from the University of Maryland this spring and becoming a proud alumnus of this great institution.

Danny O’Brien

O'Brien's transfer release excludes all upcoming ACC opponents, upcoming non-conference opponents West Virginia and Temple, as well as Vanderbilt. Current Commodores' head coach James Franklin was offensive coordinator at Maryland during O'Brien's 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year campaign, and there is speculation the two have remained close while the quarterback pondered his future.

Franklin declined to comment Monday when asked if Danny O'Brien would transfer to Vanderbilt.

It is possible that O'Brien could appeal the Vanderbilt stipulation to the NCAA, though there has been no indication that will be the plan of action. The Washington Post reports that Mississippi, Arizona, South Florida, and East Carolina have all shown significant interest in O'Brien since the release was made official on Monday.

O'Brien's ideal system fit is likely a pro-style or West Coast offense. In addition to Vanderbilt, the Baltimore Sun listed Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Stanford as possible landing spots for the Kernersville, N.C. native.

As he mentioned in his statement, O'Brien is set to earn his undergraduate degree this spring from Maryland. That would make him eligible to play immediately if he enrolls in a graduate program not offered in College Park - the same rule allowing Russell Wilson to compete immediately for Wisconsin in 2011. With two years of eligibility remaining, O'Brien has become the latest college football free agent.

It is still too early in the process to predict O'Brien's destination, but he will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact wherever he lands.

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Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:59 pm

What's next for former Maryland QB Danny O'Brien?

I totally agree a sad day  for MD again.Between Ralph and Gary both gone what a shambles MD has been this past/current year! Thank goddness Tory was fast and smart enough to leave when he did.Danny has been up and down as a QB,maybe if he wasnt jerked around enough he be steady enough.Bad move on Randy....point blank he robbed MD! However, I place blame on AD,taking the spirit right out of the program!!

Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:33 am

What's next for former Maryland QB Danny O'Brien?

Well said Jerseyyank.  Maryland is my alma mater for my undergrad studies and I was ashamed the way they treated Friedgen, but this crap with Edsall plus the fact that he wants to be a complete a$$ to O'Brien makes me sick.  I sure hope they do the right thing soon and get rid of Edsall before Maryland loses any more players--before long they won't have enough to field a team.  Sad days ahead for Maryland, I fear.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:49 am

What's next for former Maryland QB Danny O'Brien?

R.J Dill, Rahsaan Moore, Ttus Till, Danny Obrien, Max Garcia, & Mario Rowson, YOU MIGHT ASK WHAT DO ALL OF THESE PLAYER HAVE IN COMMON? Answer: they are all transferring from my Alma Mater to go elsewhere and play.  Just maybe, like coach Mr Randy Edsall implies all of these players are home sick and are going to play football closer to their home.  I kinda doubt that considering that all of these player have been in the program for at least two (2) years.  I got a little excited when Coach Edsall reported that Stefon Diggs was coming to MD to playball, then it hit me, with Obrien leaving who do we have to throw to him, surely not C.J. Brown (he throws worst than T. Tebow), My alma mater is in distress, but Coach R. Edsall assured everyone around him that he was not interested in the Jacksonville Jaguars position that he had been rumored to be looking at, and that he is making sure "the player are the best student and best athlete they can be".  Coach Friedgen, I really like you and never wanted you to go, so where the hell are you, so I can apologize for the University and you and Coach Gary Williams  can come back to us....PS yes I know I root for Georgetown and ND, but I did like to see you guys doing well.     

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:46 am

What's next for former Maryland QB Danny O'Brien?

What I find stupid and unethical is that when a player is released from a school, that school gets to dictate where he can't play the rest of his eligibility at!  While coaches can leave and go anywhere they want to! 

Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:55 am

What's next for former Maryland QB Danny O'Brien?

It's pretty sad when College Football has become little more than a junior professional league where players move from school to school for better career benefits or exposure (since they can't get paid).  I understand his reason for leaving and wasn't too happy with the way they treated Friedgen when they fired him, so I don't fault O'Brien at all--the whole atmosphere of college football has become something ugly--all about the money, either now or later.

  You are right about it being hard to find a graduate program that Maryland doesn't offer--I got my Undergrad degree there and they have most subject ranges covered--though when I went they didn't have a TESOL program in their graduate level, so he could seek that elsewhere as I did. 

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:41 am

What's next for former Maryland QB Danny O'Brien?

Good Luck Danny - but I have to say finding a graduate program that UMD doesn't offer already will be a task in itself.

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