QB O'Brien transfers to Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE — The situations are so alike that Danny O'Brien had to go out of his way to remind everybody that he's not the same player as Russell Wilson.

If he achieves similar results, though, Wisconsin's latest push for a transfer quarterback who can play right away will become another example of Badgers coach Bret Bielema's ability to reel in a quick fix for a significant void on his roster.

Bielema announced Wednesday that O'Brien, a starter for most of the past two seasons at Maryland, had committed to play for Wisconsin. It was the second year in a row the Badgers have snapped up a high-profile quarterback who was looking to leave an Atlantic Coast Conference school, following Wilson's move from North Carolina State.

Like Wilson, O'Brien is taking advantage of an NCAA rule that allows players who already have graduated to transfer without sitting out a year. Wilson had one standout season for the Badgers after leaving North Carolina State and quitting minor league baseball.

Now comes O'Brien, who said he will graduate from Maryland in mid-May. He'll have two years of eligibility remaining at Wisconsin.

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