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Posted at 1:07 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien named freshman all-American

By Matt Bonesteel

Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien was named a freshman all-American by the Football Writers Association of America. O'Brien finished the season with 2,438 passing yards, which is seventh in ACC history among freshmen and 10th on the Maryland single-season list. He also threw 22 touchdown passes, No. 2 all-time in a single season at Maryland.

By Matt Bonesteel  | January 12, 2011; 1:07 PM ET
Categories:  Danny O'Brien, Football  
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Thanks for posting this several days old news, Terps "insider". Congrats to Danny, well deserved honor he achieved after not even starting the first 3 games.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 12, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Agree with Barno...whattooksolong?

Remember his first snap and fumble? Who'd have thought we had a bona fide star on our hands. Those early, herky-jerky insertions when J-Rob was still the starter made no sense whatsoever. Good for the coaches for seeing the light and handing him the reins to the team. It made this last season far more memorable and at least talent-wise, provides optimism for the near future.

All the drama aside, we did have a good season, regardless of the bowl.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | January 12, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm also surprised about the slow pickup on this story. The Sun had it on Monday, and I thought the two papers were sharing resources and wire services.

He certainly deserves the honor, and hopefully his new OC, whoever he is, will continue to develop him into a solid pro-style QB. That's quite possibly the only good thing to come from the Leach debacle is that DOB will have a chance to move forward without having to learn a new system that is compeltely useless at the next level.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 12, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Please take Gary Crowton off our hands! He'll do wonders for DOB for the next 2 seasons, but beware the following seasons, because it quickly goes downhill from there..

Posted by: 1stpick | January 12, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness that the Sun actually covers the Terps a little bit more. Of course I'm already on their site to read about the O's, so I already stay up-to-date on my Terps news.

If only The Post followed the O's like they once did....

Posted by: DixonTheDog | January 12, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I'd take him in a second if he'll actually work at Maryland's pitiful assistant coach wage. There's no way the Terps will pay him what he was getting to coach in the SEC.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 12, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Now this is what I call timely reporting... way to report news 2 days late, what's your next story gonna be about? Let me guess the next headline "Faust commits to Maryland".

This just proves my point to the lack of support UMD gets from the Post. Maybe if the Post would cover Terps news more than the Sun, or at least as much as the Sun, we would get more local players. People in MoCo/PG/DC/Nova don't read the Sun unless they have to & even then they are reluctant to read it. Instead they read the Post.

I know its crazy but I think there is a direct link to the lack of local coverage and the lack of local players staying in College Park... Yea yea I know the Skinz,Wiz,Caps,Nats run DC sports BUT there has to be more room for UMD. Its not like were Gtown or something!

I really think if the Terps got more pub from the Post that more players would stay in CP.

Posted by: dasilva_ryan | January 12, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh, he won a postseason award. This means that Mr. Anderson might pull his scholarship since he's only likely to be here two more years, and bring in a sophomore qb from another school, whose statistics are inferior to Danny's.

Posted by: H1Dynasty | January 12, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Reports from The Sun say MD has offered Crowton $500K for OC position, $25K more than he makes at LSU ( Crowton would be a good hire. He runs a wife open offense, which suits MD's personnel. He's called plays in many big games, and he's been associated with many winning programs. All positives.

But yeah...the last 2 years have been brutal on the O side at LSU. The Jefferson kid came there with many HS accolades, but he can't throw the ball at all. 3 years for DOB, though, not too shabby.

Posted by: WheelsRI | January 12, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: H1Dynasty | January 12, 2011 10:14 PM |

Best post of the day. Spot on H1.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | January 12, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

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