Bielema Names O’Brien Starter

Wisconsin’s much anticipated quarterback battle is over, at least for the time being. Tonight via twitter Bret Bielema named Maryland transfer Danny O’Brien the starting quarterback for the Badgers’ week one matchup with Northern Iowa.

O’Brien beat out senior Curt Phillips and redshirt freshman Joel Stave to win the starting job. O’Brien transferred to Wisconsin from Maryland in June. The former ACC rookie of the year has 17 collegiate starts under his belt from his time with the Terrapins.

Coming in to camp, we knew that O’Brien was the favorite to win the job. As we got further in to camp it became more evident that he was going to be the guy. This is now two straight years the Badgers have started transfer quarterbacks. 

From what he said tonight, Bielema seems to be very comfortable with the quarterback situation currently, which is good considering that was arguably the biggest concern amongst fans coming in to the season. It’s great to have some light shed in that department, as quarterbacks have been key in the Badgers’ past two Rose Bowl runs. 

O’Brien hasn’t won the battle yet though. He has two very talented guys behind him that will be more then willing to take his spot if he doesn’t perform well. We’ll keep you updated on the Badgers’ QB situation as the season rolls on.

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