Wisconsin Football: Danny O'Brien to Start vs. UTEP

Despite Struggles, Danny O'Brien to Start vs. UTEP

9/17/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   407 respect

Wisconsin quarterback Danny O'Brien will get the start vs. UTEP this Saturday, reports Jeff Potrykusof the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.Sep 1, 2012; Madison, WI, USA;  Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Danny O'Brien (6) during the game against the Northern Iowa Panthers at Camp Randall Stadium.  Wisconsin defeated Northern Iowa 26-21.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

This comes after O'Brien's poor performance against Utah State, in which he was benched for the second half after leading the Badgers to three points and fumbling the ball away.

"I don't think that is anything I've ever been a part of, and I don't think that is anything coach (Bielema) has been a part of, having a quick trigger and have guys worry," said offensive coordinator Matt Canada.

"If that was the case, it would have happened (against Oregon State)," he continued. "That's not how I want a guy to play."

Freshman Joel Stave relieved O'Brien to begin the third quarter, but didn't take anybody's breath away. The 6-foot-5 Greensfield (WI) native completed 2-of-6 passes for 15 yards and plays were limited.

Wisconsin's offensive numbers are appallingly low compared to its past few seasons. Through three games, the Badgers have compiled 828 yards (276.0 per game) and just 49 points (115th in NCAA).

At this point last season, Bucky was 3-0, had already pushed through 1,517 yards of offense (505.1) and had nearly tripled its scoring output (135 points).

Coach Brett Bielema has a major decision to make here shortly. Whether O'Brien is included in it or not, Wisconsin needs to pull itself together before conference play.

Purdue and Illinois are knocking at the door.


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