Data Scout Notes: 2013: 06-10-13 - Transfer from Wisconsin...2012: NA...2011: NA/PManning/POBrien/PMaxwell...2010: ROY
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07/22/13 - As a freshman in 2010, Danny O'Brien posted a 22-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio for Maryland and earned ACC Rookie of the Year and freshman All-American honors. As a senior in 2013, O'Brien will reportedly play for an obscure Division II team that has gone 3-8 and 4-7 the past two seasons. It hasn't been the career path anyone -- O'Brien least of all, probably -- expected when he exploded onto the scene for the Terps three seasons ago. But his high school coach told FoxSportsWisconsin that O'Brien's latest move, from Wisconsin to D-II Catawba College, is for the best. "He just wants to go and have some fun and play some football," Todd 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."
Willert coached O'Brien at East Forsyth High School in Kernersville, NC, approximately 50 miles from Salisbury, NC, home of the Catawba Indians. Willert told FSW the Catawba staff was familiar with O'Brien from his high school days. O'Brien "did not immediately respond to FOXSportsWisconsin.com's request for comment."
The fifth-year senior was expected to make a major impact as the Badgers starter in 2012, having transferred with immediate eligiblity after Randy Edsall's disastrous first season at Maryland. But O'Brien and his team struggled badly out of the gate, and he was replaced by Joel Stave at halftime of the Badgers' Week 3 comeback against Utah State. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
06/10/13 - Former Wisconsin quarterback Danny O'Brien, who transferred to Madison before the start of last season, is leaving the program, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel confirmed. O'Brien transferred from Maryland after two successful seasons in the ACC and was buried on the Badgers depth chart after an un-impactful season in the Big Ten last year. He started three games for the Badgers, but a 14-3 deficit at halftime of the third game against Utah State forced then-coach Bret Bielema to replace the highly touted transfer with freshman QB Joel Stave. O'Brien played sparingly the rest of the season.
The comparisons between O'Brien and former Badgers QB Russell Wilson -- another ACC transfer -- were inevitable, but O'Brien struggled to find anywhere near the consistency that Wilson showed in his one year in Madison. O'Brien was expected to be the fourth or fifth QB on the depth chart once camp broke this season. His chances of seeing any significant playing time this season affected his decision, the Journal Sentinel reported.
O'Brien has one year of eligibility left. He came to Wisconsin and played immediately under the same rule that allowed Wilson to transfer from NC State -- the graduate transfer exception -- but that only applies one time. He could potentially play right away at an FCS school, such as Appalachian State, which is located in his native North Carolina. With Wisconsin, O'Brien completed 52 of 86 passes for 523 yards along with three touchdowns. He threw one interception. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com
09/11/12 - Even with a historic season from transfer Russell Wilson, the Badgers stumbled in their first real test away from Camp Randall Stadium in 2011. Maryland transfer quarterback Danny O'Brien didn't expect to match Wilson's gaudy numbers, but he did follow in his footsteps in one aspect. The Badgers lost at Michigan State in their first road game last year. Actually, Wilson won his first real road game, a blowout win over Northern Illinois in Soldier Field in Chicago, but the Badgers had nearly, if not more, fans than the Huskies to make more for a neutral site contest instead of a road game. The No. 13 Badgers failed to score a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter in dropping a 10-7 decision against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. The Badgers rallied late in the game, but their hopes faded away with an overturned call in the final 90 seconds. Kicker Kyle French appeared to have recovered his own onside kick that would've provided the Badgers one last chance for a comeback victory. But just like last year's road loss to Michigan State, a video review changed the call after it was ruled that French touched the ball nine yards from the spot of the kick instead of the 10 yards required. "We've got to me more balanced overall, we've got to complete the ball that we do throw on third-and-manageable," O'Brien said. "We've got to be able to get the run game going. I am going to look at this film and see what we can do to improve on it and make sure we don't make these mistakes again." - The Sports Xchange
09/11/12 - KEEP AN EYE ON: QB Danny O'Brien -- The heat is really on the new quarterback. After a surprising loss at Oregon State, the Badgers have to question everything. The offense couldn't move the ball. The defense allowed five third down conversions. Naturally, O'Brien is a key factor in UW's success for the 2012 season. How he bounces back and his leadership during the week leading up to a challenging home contest against Utah State could determine the success level of Wisconsin's season. - The Sports Xchange
09/07/12 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: No. 13 Wisconsin at Oregon State, Sept. 8 -- The Badgers have a slight advantage because they played last week. Even though Wisconsin nearly lost to Northern Iowa. Oregon State had its opener postponed. The extra week of practices is pivotal after the Beavers dropped a 35-0 decision in Madison last week. The Badgers own a 2-0 advantage in the series. KEYS TO THE GAME: Finishing strong. The Badgers have a big size and talent advantage over the Beavers. The Badgers have dominated non-conference opponents the last two years due to a prolific offense. The Badgers scored just 26 points in the opener. This marks a true road test for Wisconsin. It will be interesting how new quarterback Danny O'Brien responds. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Danny O'Brien -- The spotlight gets brighter with a road game against Oregon State. O'Brien put up big numbers in the opener, but they got lost in the close game. O'Brien's leadership skills will be tested. - The Sports Xchange