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January 12, 2009

Meet Danny O'Brien

This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Danny O'Brien
Birthdate: Sept. 26, 1990
Birthplace: St. Paul, Minn.
Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.
Nicknames: None
Height: 6-3
Weight: 195
Position: Quarterback
High School: East Forsyth (N.C.) High School
Senior statistics: 117-for-235 passing for 1,640 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. 780 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 160 carries.
Rankings: -- Three stars, No. 37 pro-style quarterback, No. 25 player in North Carolina. -- Three stars, No. 57 quarterback
Bench max: 245
40-yard dash: 4.64
Other schools considered: Virginia, Wake Forest, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina
Favorite NFL player: Peyton Manning
Favorite NFL team: Minnesota Vikings
Favorite all-time Terp: Boomer Esiason
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, Coldplay
Favorite book: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Favorite TV show: SportsCenter
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans
Favorite food: Chili
Favorite high school class: U.S. History
Favorite thing about College Park: “I just love the area. It’s in between D.C. and Baltimore. I just love the overall atmosphere and area.”
Other high school sports: Basketball
Hobbies: “Besides training and lifting and running, just hanging out with friends and relaxing when I’m not doing sports.”
Intended major: Business management
Something that not many people know about you: “I go fishing more than the average guy.”
Best football moment: “I would say beating our rival school Glenn 49-7 this year.”
Role model: “I would say Peyton Manning again just because of his work ethic. He’s not the most physically gifted athlete, but he just works so hard and that’s why he’s successful.”
Why Maryland? “I just like the direction of everything going on up there. [UM offensive coordinator and quarterbacks] coach [James] Franklin is a great guy and so is coach [Ralph] Friedgen. And I just established a lot of good relationships with the players coming up there and the coaches.”

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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