MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Danny O’Brien seems to have a knack for taking care of the ball, and Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema is rewarding him for it.
Bielema has named the Maryland transfer his starting quarterback for Wisconsin’s regular-season opener against Northern Iowa on Sept. 1.
The coach took to Twitter on Sunday night, saying that the junior earned the job ahead of senior Curt Phillips and redshirt freshman Joel Stave.
O’Brien said Monday that he felt confident in his ability to clinch the spot.
O’Brien had two interceptions in a pair of seven-on-seven drills through three weeks of fall camp. That number, coupled with game experience in 17 starts at Maryland, pushed Bielema and assistant coaches in O’Brien’s direction.