Danny O'Brien leaving Maryland

Danny O'Brien leaving Maryland
February 13, 2012, 4:54 pm
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After months of speculation, quarterback Danny O'Brien has decided not to return to the Maryland football team. The Terps also announced the departures of left tackle Max Garcia and linebacker Mario Rowson.

Im disappointed by Dannys decision, Maryland coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. Danny told me that hes not committed to our program, that hes not all in. I want whats best for all of our players. Danny wants a fresh start elsewhere. I wish him well.

After a stellar freshman campaign, OBrien played in nine games (seven starts) last season. The redshirt sophomore completed 150 of 266 passes for 1,648 yards with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was benched in favor of C.J. Brown during the season before injuring his arm against Notre Dame.

O'Brien had 4,086 passing yards during his two years.

Though O'Brien would be eligible to play immediately for another Football Bowl Subdivision school if he graduates from Maryland this spring, he apparently won't be granted a transfer to play for Vanderbilt, The Washington Post reported. Vanderbilt's head coach is James Franklin, formerly offensive coordinator at Maryland.

As for the other transfers, Edsall stated that Garcia was homesick and that Rowson wanted to play defensive back instead of linebacker.

Garcia started all 12 games for Maryland last year, while Rowson racked up 27 tackles and one sack in four starts for the Terps.