MADISON, Wis. - For the second straight year, a high-profile quarterback is transferring to the University of Wisconsin.
In a statement, the university wrote that head football coach Bret Bielema announced former Maryland starter Danny O'Brien has joined the program. O'Brien started 17 games over the last two seasons for the Terrapins and was named ACC Rookie of the Year in 2010. He also earned FWAA All American honors that year after throwing for 2.438 yards and 22 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman.
In the announcement, Bielema said "We're excited that Danny has chosen to attend Wisconsin. "The first thing we did when we were aware of Danny's interest was to try and find out what type of person he was and if he would fit into our program. From our dealings with him and all the things I have heard from those who have been around him, he is a tremendous person and has great character. He had a fantastic visit and our current players who met him came away impressed. Having graduated from Maryland in just three years, you know right away that he is a smart kid," Bielema said.
"As is the case with any player who joins our program, we have not promised Danny anything other than the chance to come in during the fall and compete for the starting quarterback position. He understands that and is excited for that opportunity."
O'Brien will attend graduate school at Wisconsin this fall.