Danny O’Brien released a statement to the media Tuesday regarding his decision to transfer from Maryland. Here it is:
After careful thought, contemplation, prayer, and consultation with my family, we have come to a consensus that it is in my best interest to continue my educational and athletic endeavors elsewhere.
This was a very difficult decision, one which I did not take lightly. I will forever cherish the friendships of teammates, academic and athletic support staff, fellow students, professors, and of course Terp fans.
I look forward to completing one of my established goals of graduating from the University of Maryland this spring and becoming a proud alumnus of this great institution.
For the time being Danny O’Brien is still a Terp. I can’t understand how anyone in the media could say that the transfer was going to happen and then it didnt!! Now a maelstrom has been created and Danny is somewhat backed into a corner. From the second the rumors started, I really could not believe it was happening. I talked with Danny last Wednesday at the recruiting celebration and as usual he was upbeat, anxious to host Stefon Diggs that weekend, and looking forward to working with Locksley.
Danny is a great kid and has represented Maryland and Terrapin nation in a great fashion. But here’s my take on his potential transfer and I hope he reads this. The grass might seem greener somewhere else but I doubt that it is. Yes Danny will have to compete with CJ for the starting job but anywhere he goes the same is true. Danny is the man here and his chances of starting at Maryland in his last 2 seasons are excellent in my opinion.
Some look at Russell Wilson and say this could happen to Danny. Well maybe it could but at Vanderbilt or Delaware? Joe Flacco was one of a kind but what I believe what the Ravens loved most about him was his incredibly powerful arm not his body of work. Vanderbilt? 6-6—No guarantee to start –these are steps backward.
Danny is in the business school, has worked for Under Armour, and has a tremendously bright future in or out of football. I am sure he is being tugged 100 ways but Danny sit back and relax, there is no urgency to the decision. You were born to be a Terp.
We will never know if all the turmoil has had an effect on the decision of Stefon Diggs. Friday night we will find out. But if Danny winds up staying at Maryland and Diggs goes elsewhere, the rumor sensationalists will have done damage to my beloved Terps.
from Jeff Barker in the Sun:
*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. The system — with its run options — required an an adjustment by O’Brien, who seems suited to pro-style. But remember that O’Brien completed 31 of 44 passes for 348 yards in the season opener. So he’s plenty capable.
*O’Brien’s focus of late has been on mending his arm . The quarterback believes continuity is important here. He has a routine and a medical staff that he seems to trust. I think he needs to feel grounded and healthy before he thinks too deeply about the future. This would seem to weigh in Maryland’s favor.
Kelly &Associates Insurance Group Terp Talk REPLAY
Terp Talk DC Saturday Morning 09-17-11
Hosts–Bruce Guests; Rick Jaklitsch
Subjects–Maryland WVU Preview, Basketball Recruits, Conference Realignment, Uniform frenzy
Some topics for the show today:
Great closing for the Orioles —Do we have a bullpen now?
Do the O’s need Prince Fielder?
The common goal of Danny and Joe Flacco this week– use all of your receivers
Ravens Rams Preview–Judgment Day for the purple
Terps Temple preview
Sports Boosters event with Mark Turgeon
Kobe offered 6.7 million to play in Italy
Collapse of the Red Sox?
Millions on the line for final PGA Tournament
Owning a race horse
Gridiron grunts—communicate directly with NFL players
• Steve Addazio is in his first season as the Owls’ head coach. He previously served as the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Florida where he won two national championships.
• With victories over Villanova and Akron, the Owls are 2-1 (1-0 MAC), coming off a 14-10 loss to Penn State in which they allowed a TD with under 3:00 left to give up the lead for the first time all game.
• The Owls are led offensively by running back Bernard Pierce, a 2010 first team All-MAC selection. Pierce rushed for 728 yards in 2010 to go along with 11 total touchdowns. This year Pierce has already run for seven touchdowns, which ranks second nationally, and his 115.7 rushing ypg average ranks 17th nationally.
• Senior quarterback Mike Gerardi has completed just over 50 percent of his passes (30 of 59) and is averaging 141 yards per game through the air. He has thrown three touchdowns and two interceptions.
• The Temple defense has been stingy, allowing just 8.0 points per game, which is tied for fourth nationally. It has also given up just 284 yards per game, which ranks 22nd in the FBS. Additionally, the Owls rank tied for eighth in sacks (4.0 pg), ninth in interceptions (five) and 20th in turnovers gained (seven).
• Senior linebacker Tahir Whitehead has a team-high six tackles for loss, including two sacks, as well as two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Senior defensive back Kevin Kroboth, meanwhile, has a pair of interceptions and ranks second on the team with 17 tackles.
Observations of a disappointing day
No excuses—the Mountaineers were the better team today but the loss of the 2 receivers threw the Terps off early and thus allowed WV to get that early lead.
What I loved about Danny today was that even though he was off —- when the score was 34-10, there was not an ounce of panic in him. That’s when he played his best ball of the day. It is rare to win on any level of football when you throw 3 pics. But QB1 never through in the towel and willed his team back into the game.
I heard much ranting post game that he should have run on 3rd down but I have to watch the replay to verify.
Props to Geno Smith for a super game and for coming through on the key drive of the game. He basically
4th and goal from the 7 yard line, down 34-10, I gotta kick the FG Randy elected not to and the Terps failed to convert. Still scratching my head.
Davin Meggett had a superb game today along with DJ Adams. The rushing game was strong and the mixture of plays created the comeback.
Coach Edsall was very upset post game especially about the myriad of mistakes.
It seemed like a virtual sellout today. Next up for the Terps is Temple who lost a heartbreaker to the Nittany Lions 14-10.
Hats off to the ACC for acting in a preemptive sort of way by striking first and adding Pitt and Cuse. Basketball just improved big time!!!!
Miami defeated OSU 17-6. Seems like the Ohio State University is in for some hard times.
The blitz packages were working today and the defense was certainly stinger when pressure was put on Geno Smith. Before you heap too much criticism on the define remember this is one of the best offenses in the country. Clemson and Georgia Tech both exploded for points today as the ACC might be as strong as it has been in years.
It’s official—–Syracuse and Pitt are now in the ACC!!!!,!
Much more tomorrow.
Some topics for this morning
Baylor 50 TCU 48—football returns
Oklahoma leaving the Big 12—Texas TV effect
Kyle Boller, Chris Redman still playing
Josh Portis will be 3rd QB for Seattle
Colts hire Jim Tressel as replay consultant
Roddick moves on at US Open—Sharapova out
Joe Platania will be on to discuss Ravens cuts
Torrey much better this week
Exhibition farce continues
McCourt offered 1.2 Billion for the Dodgers
1week later—electricity returns
Miami-Maryland game sold out
Forget the Prince Reynolds is our First Baseman
Orioles attendance is embarrassing
Danica is in the house
Oscar de la Hoya admits to drug addiction
The key guy who will not play is All American Safety Ray Ray Armstrong. He could have caused havoc for Danny O’Brien. QB Jacori Harris, def lineman Olivier Vernon, and TE Dyron Dye are among the rest who will miss the game. Jacori is very talented but prone to turnovers. I would rather he play.
But remember this is the U. The depth is there. Maybe not to replace Ray Ray but Miami will be on a mission now. The Terps will prevail.