Wisconsin Football: Danny O'Brien leaving the Badgers

The Danny O'Brien era has come to an end

6/11/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Former Maryland quarterback transfer Danny O'Brien was supposed to step in right away and salvage Wisconsin's offense after Russell Wilson departed for the 2012 NFL Draft.Blog Photo - Wisconsin Football: Danny O'Brien leaving the Badgers

He was benched just over two games into the regular season after barely beating Division 1-AA Northern Iowa at home and then scoring seven points in a 10-7 loss at Oregon State.

"I just texted him," said O'Brien's high school coach, Todd Willert. "He texted back. He said he wouldn't be at Wisconsin this year."

O'Brien was replaced by freshman Joel Stave during a Week 3 halftime deficit to Utah State, in which the Badgers found themselves down 14-3 with just 63 yards passing.

Once a highly touted transfer, O'Brien was extremely inefficient when it came to moving the chains. He completed just over 60 percent of his passes throughout his six appearances with Wisconsin, but was at his worst when in must-throw situations.

His completion percentage dropped significantly on third downs (55.6), he threw for just 5.48 yards per attempt and and had a 106.4 Passer Rating—over four points lower than Cal's Zach Maynard in these situations, who was infamous for inconsistency during his Golden Bear tenure.

O'Brien was expected to be listed as the fourth- or fifth-string quarterback heading into summer practice. This is why he has decided to leave Madison, and he will have one year of eligibility left if he decides to join another roster.

If he wants the chance to play right away, he could transfer to an FCS school—such as Appalachian State, which is less than two hours away from his Kernersville native in North Carolina.


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