Wisconsin football came out on top of the Big Ten last season thanks in large part to Russell Wilson, a quarterback transfer out of North Carolina State who had one year of eligibility remaining after getting out of his scholarship there. In his only season as a Badger, he earned first-team All-Big-Ten honors while leading the Badgers to the Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl. Although Wilson’s last year of eligibility is over, the Badgers were left looking for a replacement— until yesterday.
On Tuesday, the Badgers announced that Danny O’Brien, former Maryland quarterback, will be taking snaps for the Badgers this season. O’Brien, who graduated from Maryland in three years, will have two seasons of eligibility with the Badgers, beginning this upcoming season. This move can prove to be very beneficial for Wisconsin since O’Brien has two years to play instead of one.
Coach Bret 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.”
In the past, Wisconsin has had problems landing top quarterback recruits out of high school because of its run-heavy offense. But if the Badgers can make a habit of attracting experienced transfers at the position, the learning curve can be minimal, as it was with Russell.
Although O’Brien may not be the same player as Russell, he is a very talented quarterback who has proven he can be successful. He should be a great addition in Madison.
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