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By Jeff Barker | October 20, 2011
Quarterback C.J. Brown has started only a single game for Maryland, and there's already speculation about whether Danny 'O'Brien -- the starter the previous 15 games -- could depart for another school. It's a bit premature. At least for now, those who know him say O'Brien doesn't intend to leave. That doesn't surprise me. His attachment to Maryland and the region is strong, and that's not something that changes overnight.  O'Brien is smart enough to know seasons are long, and outlooks for players can swiftly change.
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By Jonas Shaffer, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Quarterback Danny O'Brien signed with Maryland in 2009 in part because of Ralph Friedgen. O'Brien wanted to win in college and play in the pros, and it wasn't unreasonable to believe the longtime Terps coach would be there for him, helping him, from his freshman-year snaps to his Senior Day game. Where else would they go? We know those answers now, and so their reunion Saturday doesn't seem all that bizarre. But to have Friedgen, happily unemployed and the coach of the Medal of Honor Bowl 's American team, game-planning at a largely unheard-of senior showcase with O'Brien, a senior at Division II Catawba College (N.C.)
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2012
Danny O'Brien likes most everything about Maryland.  That's certainly been a positive for the quarterback and the school.  And it clearly factors into the inner debate he's been having -- for months, those who know him say -- about where his immediate football future should be spent. Largely through his family, I've kept tabs on O'Brien. Here is some of what I know: * In recent months, he's tried to focus on recovering from the broken bone in his left arm. He suffered the injury when he was slammed to the turf during the Notre Dame loss on Nov. 12. He adhered to a routine in his recovery, and getting healthy seemed to take precedence over other matters.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. How much improved is Maryland's offense with C.J. Brown running it? Don Markus: While a true picture of where the Terps will be offensively this season might not be apparent until the competition gets a little tougher, the first impression of Brown's return to health and Maryland's starting lineup has been very positive.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2012
Randy Edsallsaid he isn't looking back on what happened last season at Maryland, so I won't either. But that doesn't mean I won't be watching what Danny O'Brien is doing at Wisconsin this season, and I'm sure a few Terps fans were checking out the internet Saturday while Maryland was struggling to beat William & Mary at Byrd Stadium behind freshman quarterback Perry Hills. For those who hadn't heard what the former Maryland quarterback had done in his debut with the Badgers, it certainly had to make you think what O'Brien might have done in Mike Locksley's new offense in College Park rather than Matt Canada's new offense in Madison.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2012
Like a jury deliberating its verdict, it seems that Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien is still contemplating where he will play the remainder of his college football career.  I'm told to expect some news by early next week. "Hang in there," someone close to O'Brien texted me when I asked whether there was anything new to impart. My sense is there is nothing easy or clear-cut about O'Brien's decision on whether to remain in College Park. You think that the impending decision of top receiver recruit Stefon Diggs could factor into O'Brien's decision?
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2011
A key figure for Maryland's next football season could be quarterback Danny O'Brien. Will he stay at the school? Here is what I know: *The quarterback has not made any pronouncements about leaving or staying. I know that  Randy Edsall has spoken with O'Brien, who has not complained to the coach about the program in general or the offensive system in particular. Maryland had new offensive and defensive coordinators this season. O'Brien, the Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year in 2010, had a difficult season that ended when he broke his left arm in the season's 10th game against Notre Dame.
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By Connor Letourneau, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2012
Danny O'Brien  received some startling news last Tuesday. After finishing up practice with the Wisconsin football team, the former Maryland quarterback heard from a few of his old teammates. C.J. Brown, the man who took O'Brien's starting job 10 months ago, had torn his ACL during a noncontact drill and would miss the 2012 season. O'Brien was heartbroken. Brown is one of his close friends, someone he's talked with regularly since deciding to transfer last winter. So he did what all people do during a friend's time of need.
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June 14, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Barker and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. What do you make of former Terps quarterback Danny O'Brien leaving Wisconsin and looking for a new school? Jeff Barker: First, a global comment. The NCAA rule allowing many graduate students to play immediately after transferring has had a noteworthy effect on the game. It has generated a class of college “free agents,” of which former Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson is perhaps the best known.
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September 21, 2012
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland  sports. What is the mood of Maryland's football program heading to West Virginia on Saturday as a four-touchdown underdog? Jeff Barker: I'm certain Maryland appreciates the magnitude of its task Saturday -- to try to hang with a Top 10 program boasting one of the nation's most prolific offenses. The Mountaineers are averaging 612 yards of offense through their first two games.
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August 16, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. What is the cause of the budget situation that Maryland finds itself in? Jeff Barker: There is actually some misinterpretation about this. Maryland's athletic department would have had an operating deficit of about $5 million or $6 million by now. The current leadership inherited a situation in which the department was spending beyond its means.
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July 26, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporter Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. Maryland is curently trying to encourage football fans with a couple of early season packages, one of which includes an $80 deal combining the West Virginia game on Sept. 21 at M&T Bank Stadium with either the Aug. 30 opener against Florida International or the Sept. 7 game against Old Dominion. Do the Terps risk sellout of their game in Baltimore with a majority of Mountaineer fans in attendance?
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July 21, 2013
Former Maryland and Wisconsin quarterback Danny O'Brien is transferring to Catawba College, a Division II school in Salisbury, N.C., for his final season, Todd Willert, O'Brien's high school coach at East Forsyth in North Carolina, confirmed to FOXSportsWisconsin.com. "He just wants to go and have some fun and play some football," Willert told the website. Catawba is roughly 50 miles from O'Brien's hometown of Kernersville and provides the fifth-year senior with the opportunity to play right away.
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June 14, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Barker and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. What do you make of former Terps quarterback Danny O'Brien leaving Wisconsin and looking for a new school? Jeff Barker: First, a global comment. The NCAA rule allowing many graduate students to play immediately after transferring has had a noteworthy effect on the game. It has generated a class of college “free agents,” of which former Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson is perhaps the best known.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2013
After playing for two teams and four head coaches in four seasons, quarterback Danny O'Brien is again college football's version of a free agent, hoping to find a school where he can fulfill the promise he showed in a redshirt freshman season at Maryland that seems long ago. “Funny circumstances” is how the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year describes the unusual arc of his college career. O'Brien said in an interview Monday that he won't return to Wisconsin next season and is looking for a suitable spot to use his final year of eligibility.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2012
When C.J. Brown and Perry Hills were lost for the season, it continued a run of bad luck for Maryland quarterbacks. Hills, Brown, Danny O'Brien, Jordan Steffy - that's a partial list of quarterback starters from recent years who suffered knockout punches. It's been years since Maryland had a starting quarterback go wire-to-wire. “Hopefully this bug will get out of Maryland,” said Brown, who has endured season-ending injuries twice in his career.  He said the second one - the torn ACL from August - is more difficult.
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February 10, 2012
Danny O'Brien hasn't made his decision final yet, but the Maryland quarterback is serious enough about exploring options beyond Maryland that he's already thinking about where else he's likely to end up. According to those familiar with his thinking, O'Brien would like to play at a school in a good conference that could use an established quarterback and runs a variation of the pro-style offense such as the West Coast offense. Maryland fits that bill, and O'Brien - who was one of the first team leaders to renew his allegiance to the Terps after coach Ralph Friedgen was dismissed - does not want to disparage Maryland or its coaches.
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2011
Maryland football coach Randy Edsall entered the season with a lot of question marks on offense, and sophomore quarterback C.J. Brown isn't making it easier for the first-year coach. Edsall said Brown has been playing well this spring, turning the heat up on incumbent starter Danny O'Brien . "C.J. Brown is putting pressure on Danny," Edsall said in a conference call with reporters Monday. "I like the things that he's doing. C.J. is a guy that does a good job in the huddle and can make plays.
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September 21, 2012
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland  sports. What is the mood of Maryland's football program heading to West Virginia on Saturday as a four-touchdown underdog? Jeff Barker: I'm certain Maryland appreciates the magnitude of its task Saturday -- to try to hang with a Top 10 program boasting one of the nation's most prolific offenses. The Mountaineers are averaging 612 yards of offense through their first two games.
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Peter Schmuck | September 15, 2012
COLLEGE PARK - The hurt and disappointment was written all over the face of freshman quarterback Perry Hills. He couldn't hide that the way his uniform hid the welts and bruises that must have been all over his body after the pounding he took in Maryland's 24-21 loss to Connecticut on Saturday afternoon at Byrd Stadium. So, head coach Randy Edsall had to take him aside after the Terps ' first defeat of the young season and remind him that it takes a lot more than one guy to win a major college football game, especially when that one guy spent most of the game with UConn defenders draped all over him. "He said, 'It's a team sport and you can't put it all on yourself," said Hills, who was just 10 for 24 passing for 109 yards and one touchdown.
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