O'Brien tour heading north

Posted by Jeff Rice on March 21, 2012 

Danny O'Brien is racking up the travel miles.

The former University of Maryland quarterback is searching for a place to play as a graduate transfer, and more than a few major programs would love to have him. O'Brien, who completed 56 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and 10 picks this past season for the Terrapins, visited Penn State this past weekend, then the University of Mississippi earlier in the week. According to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal, O'Brien will head to Wisconsin this weekend.

The Badgers are no stranger to plugging in a transfer under center. Russell Wilson led the Badgers to a Big Ten championship this past season after transferring from N.C. State.

Should O'Brien decide to come to State College, he'll face a quarterback battle that at first glance seems crowded -- scholarship quarterbacks Matt McGloin, Rob Bolden and Paul Jones all return -- but would likely have room for a talented newcomer. McGloin completed only 54 percent of his passes this past season and missed the TicketCity Bowl with a concussion, the result of a practice fight with teammate Curtis Drake. Bolden struggled even more, completing 39 percent of his passes and throwing two touchdowns to seven interceptions in 135 attempts. Jones, who is entering his third year in the program, has yet to see the field due to academic struggles.


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