Saturday, July 14, 2012
Quarterback transfers affect ACC
By Heather Dinich
The ACC has been on both the winning and losing end of transfers this offseason, and it has affected the quarterback position in particular. At Maryland, the Terps’ depth at the position took a significant hit when Danny O’Brien decided to transfer to Wisconsin. At Virginia, the Hoos will benefit from the transfer of former Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims.
What O’Brien did -- he graduated in three years -- means he can play for Wisconsin immediately and has two years of eligibility remaining. It’s a similar path taken by former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson, who used his final year of eligibility with the Badgers as a graduate student. O’Brien’s departure, though, leaves the Terps with only one quarterback with any game experience in C.J. Brown.
At Virginia, Sims was recently granted a waiver by the NCAA so he could play immediately. Whether he actually wins the starting job is a story line that could play out into the season. The Hoos finally found a dependable starter last year in Michael Rocco. It’s his job to lose, but Sims will be given the opportunity to push him for it at fall camp.
How both Sims and O’Brien fare at their new schools will be worth watching this fall.