Danny O'Brien transfering from Maryland, two others also leave program
Just one season removed from earning ACC Rookie of the Year honors, Maryland Terrapins quarterback Danny O'Brien is one of three players who announced Monday that they are leaving the program.
O'Brien, who struggled mightily throughout the 2011 season and eventually lost his starting job, threw for 1,648 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions for the 2-10 Terps. It was a stark contrast from his freshman year, during which he threw for 2,438 yards and 22 touchdowns.
"Danny told me that he's not committed to our program, that he's not 'all in,'" Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. "Danny wants a fresh start elsewhere."
Sophomore offensive lineman Max Garcia and redshirt freshman Mario Rowson are also leaving the program.
Garcia started all 12 games for Maryland in 2011. Edsall says that he had expressed interest in transferring to a school closer to his Georgia home and family.
In one season with Maryland, Rowson posted 27 tackles, but Edsall and his staff are not interested in shifting him from linebacker to defensive back, which Rowson said he prefers.
These announcements come just days after the Terrapins scored a commitment from Good Counsel wide receiver Stefon Diggs, one of the most sought-after recruits still available after National Signing Day.
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