Maryland released quarterback Danny O’Brien from his scholarship, allowing

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him to sign with another school. 

According to the Baltimore Sun, the list of schools that O’Brien is considering includes Wisconsin, as well as Vanderbilt, Stanford and Michigan State. 

O’Brien is reportedly on track to graduate in the spring and would be eligible to play immediately in 2012, just like Russell Wilson did last year.  The difference is, O’Brien would have two years of eligibility remaining while Wilson had just 1-year at Wisconsin.  The Badgers do expect to have a scholarship available if necessary.

O’Brien was named a freshman All-American by the Football Writers’ Association of America in 2010.  He went 7-3 as a starter, passing for 2,438 yards and 22 touchdowns with just 8 interceptions.

OBrien struggled last season under a new offensive coordinator (Gary Crowton), who was fired after the Terrapins finished just 2-10.  O’Brien’s numbers dropped to 1,648 yards passing with 7 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. 

At the moment, Wisconsin has no clear-cut candidate to start at quarterback going into spring practice.

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