O’Brien Will Start Wisconsin’s Opener at Quarterback


Grant Halverson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For the second straight season, the Wisconsin Badgers football program will start a transfer at quarterback in their season opener. Badgers head coach Bert Bielma tweeted Sunday night that Danny O’Brien, who transferred to Madison in June, will start Wisconsin’s season opener versus Northern Iowa.

O’Brien made 17 starts for Maryland over the past two seasons, passing for 4,086 yards, 29 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He has two years of eligibility at Wisconsin becasuse he was redshirted in his first season at Maryland and graduated in three years.

The 6-foot-3, 215 pound O’Brien beat out senior Curt Phillips and redshirt freshman Joel Stave for the job.

Both Curt and Joel had great camps as well,” Bielma tweeted after tweeting O’Brien would start. “We are very fortunate that we have 3 QB’s that can play winning football for us.”

Russell Wilson, who now plays in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks, transferred to Wisconsin last season after spending the previous three at N.C. State. Wilson ended up leading the Badgers to an 11-2 regular season record and a berth in the Rose Bowl.

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