Who Is Danny O’Brien?
Andy hesse
ahess342@uwsp.edu
Yet another Atlantic Coastal Conference transfer for the University of Wisconsin Badger football team will pick up where former Badger quarterback Russell Wilson left off. Like Wilson he is an early graduate exempt from transfer rules that would sideline him one year of eligibility but unlike Wilson, former University of Maryland Terrapin Danny O’Brien is not a mobile quarterback.
 
O’Brien transferred from Maryland in conflict over offensive schemes. O’Brien was redshirted his freshman year, making his debut his sophomore year in a pocket passing offense. However, prior to his second year at quarterback, Maryland changed their offense to an option style, unfavorable to O’Brien’s style.
 
The transfer saves the Badgers from a quarterback situation that, without O’Brien, was shaky to say the least. Incoming freshman quarterback Bart Houston is undergoing surgery that would sideline Houston for the 2012 season, opening the doors for O’Brien to guide the Badgers and slowly bring Houston in.
 
The offseason is another productive time for the Badgers as they also redshirted some players. For example, in lieu of senior running back Monte Ball’s return, the Badgers redshirted junior running back James White.
 
Furthermore, O’Brien will be working with a new offensive coordinator after former offensive coordinator Paul Chryst took the head coaching position at the University of Pittsburgh.