Nate Woelfel

Danny O'Brien Leaving Wisconsin

Created on Jun. 10, 2013 4:17 PM EST

Not even a year ago, quarterback Danny O’Brien’s much anticipated arrival in Madison was celebrated.

But, after only seven games and a handful of rocky starts, the once heralded O’Brien has decided to leave the program- this according to Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Despite decent numbers, O’Brien, who won the starting job out of fall camp last season after transferring to Wisconsin from Maryland, was on a short leash. He started the first three games of 2012 and piloted the Badgers to a 2-1 record.  He was 44-71 passing (61.97 percent) and threw for 454 yards and three touchdowns.

But, ball-security ultimately landed O’Brien on the bench. In his three starts he fumbled four times, losing two of them. By the time the season was over, he accounted for a total of six fumbles, for an average of nearly one per appearance. He lost a total of three fumbles.

Ironically, O’Brien finished the campaign completing 60.5 percent of his passes, a career best. However, a lackluster showing at UW’s spring game coupled with a complicated quarterback situation did little to help his position on the depth chart. Prior to O’Brien’s departure, the defending Big Ten Champion Badgers’ roster boasted three quarterbacks who started at least three games in 2012.

To make matters even stickier, Wisconsin added top-junior college transfer Tanner McEvoy to the fold. Though he is not due on campus until fall, McEvoy is expected to be the type of dual-threat signal caller that maximizes the potential of new head coach Gary Andersen’s offense.

The future is uncertain for O’Brien, who was named the 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year.  But, according to a tweet he sent out last month, he appears to still be confident. "I've had some serious ups..and some serious downs..but this story is far from over.." O’Brien stated in a tweet. 

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