Could O'Brien land at Oklahoma State?
As Danny O'Brien weighs his transfer options, has a Big 12 power emerged as a legitimate contender to land his services?
The former Maryland quarterback reportedly is interested in a possible transfer to Oklahoma State, according to Robert Allen of GoPokes.com. The former ACC newcomer of the year has contacted Mike Gundy and Co., who are looking for a replacement for the prolific Brandon Weeden.
Currently, the Cowboys are looking at junior Clint Chelf and redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh, as well as early enrollee true freshman Wes Lunt, to replace Weeden in the Pokes' high-octane offense. While Walsh and Lunt have the better prep credentials, Chelf may have the edge because of his time on the sideline absorbing the powerful passing attack.
But O'Brien clearly is the most intriguing option, as he would be eligible to play immediately as a graduate student, and he'd be in Stillwater for two seasons. The 6-3, 215-pounder has also been linked to Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Stanford, Washington, Arizona, South Florida and Mississippi.
In his breakthrough season in 2010, he completed 192 of 337 passes for 2,438 yards and 22 touchdowns against just eight interceptions in the pro-style offense run by James Franklin, the former Terps offensive coordinator who took the Vanderbilt head job before last season.
But O'Brien struggled in 2011 under Gary Crowton's spread attack, and he was ultimately benched in favor of backup C.J. Brown. While the Pokes' offense is certainly quarterback-friendly, O'Brien's respect for the pro-style offense may not make him the ideal fit in Stillwater. However, it would be intriguing to see if the former Terps starter could pick up where Weeden left off.
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