Height: 6'3"
Weight: 215
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Kernersville, N.C.
High School: East Forsyth HS


An athletic quarterback who can beat an opposing defense with his arm or legs ... demonstrated leadership capabilities and a high football IQ ... can make all the throws ... emerged as one of the top first-year signal-callers in the nation last season, securing freshman All-America honors ... also voted the top first-year player in the ACC ... on the watch list for the 2011 Maxwell Award, honoring the top player in college football ... a candidate for the Davey O'Brien and Manning Awards which honor the top QB in the nation ... named the 2011 preseason ACC Player of the Year by Lindy's ... a consensus 2011 preseason first team All-ACC choice ... named to the preseason first team by Athlon, Blue Ribbon, Lindy's and Sporting News ... a second team all-league choice by Phil Steele ... already ranks 19th on the Maryland career passing yards list (2,438) and tied for ninth on the career TD chart ... his two 300-yard passing games rank tied for seventh on the Maryland career chart ... one of only four players in school history to throw for more than 400 yards in a game ... owns the top five passing performances in terms of yards by a freshman QB in school history (417 vs. NC State, 11/27; 302 vs. Clemson, 10/16; 289 vs. Virginia, 11/13; 269 vs. FSU, 11/20; 250 vs. FIU, 9/25).

As a Redshirt Freshman (2010): Earned freshman All-America honors - from the FWAA ... also an honorable mention freshman All-America selection by College Football News ... voted the ACC Rookie of the Year and top first-year offensive performer by ACSMA ... first-ever Terp to earn league rookie of the year (award initiated in 1975) ... saw action in all 13 games, making 10 starts (7-3 record) ... ranked fourth in the ACC in passing efficiency (134.5) and fifth nationally among FBS freshmen (45th overall) ... voted ACC Rookie of the Week five times ... passing yards (2,438) rank sixth on the ACC single-season freshman passing yardage list and 10th in school history (first among freshmen) ... 22 TD passes were third in the ACC and fourth in the FBS among freshmen, as well as second on the Maryland single-season list (tops among freshmen) ... second among FBS freshmen quarterbacks in TD-to-interception ratio (2.75-to-1), second in TD percentage (6.53 - 22 TDs in 337 attempts) and second in interception percentage (2.37 - 8 INTs in 337 attempts) ... 337 pass attempts rank sixth on the Maryland single-season list, 192 completions are tied for ninth ... earned the team's freshman of the year award at the end-of-season banquet ... in for one play vs. Navy (9/6) ... his first significant playing time came against Morgan State (9/11) ... completed the first pass attempt of his career to Matt Furstenburg for a 27-yard touchdown ... three of his first four passes went for touchdowns ... also hooked up with Torrey Smith on a 24-yard TD and Da'Rel Scott on a 22-yard TD ... finished the game 5 of 10 for 79 yards with three TDs and a career-best efficiency rating of 215.36 ... in for one play vs. WVU (9/18) ... went 18 of 27 for 250 yards with two TDs and no interceptions vs. FIU (9/25), his first start ... first freshman quarterback to start for Maryland since Latrez Harrison (11/20/99) and just the fifth in school history .. threw touchdown passes of 9 and 68 yards ... had an efficiency rating of 168.89 ... earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors for his performance vs. FIU ... his 250 passing yards were the most by any Maryland freshman in his first start ... that tally more than doubled the previous best mark (100 by Calvin McCall vs. Temple in 1999) ... started for the second time in the game against Duke (10/2) and went 9 of 26 for 170 yards and a touchdown, without committing a turnover ... also rushed for 14 yards on three attempts against the Blue Devils ... had a career-long 71-yard TD pass to Da'Rel Scott ... made his first road start at Clemson (10/16) and went 24 of 45 for 302 yards, becoming the first freshman in school history to throw for 300 yards in a game ... went the first 96 passes of his career before throwing an interception, getting picked off three times in the fourth quarter against the Tigers ... caught a 4-yard TD pass from Da'Rel Scott on a trick play early in the second quarter ... went 26 of 39 for 179 yards with three TD passes against Boston College (10/23), helping the Terps snap a 10-game road losing streak ... earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors for his performance vs. the Eagles ... threw for a career-high four touchdowns, one shy of the school record, against Wake Forest (10/30), completing 13 of 20 passes for 168 yards ... his efficiency rating of 201.56 was the second-best mark of his career ... earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors for his performance vs. the Demon Deacons ... completed 9 of 28 passes for 134 yards with one TD and one interception vs. Miami (11/6) ... set the Maryland single-season freshman passing yards mark in the game (1,282) ... his third-quarter interception snapped a string of 78 straight attempts without a pick ... was named ACC Rookie of the Week for the fourth time for his performance against Virginia (11/13) ... went 17 of 28 for 289 yards and two TDs against the Cavaliers and also ran for a 12-yard TD, the first of his career ... went 8 of 12 for 152 yards and a score on third down against Virginia and completed 10 of 11 passes in the second half ... completed 25 of 45 attempts for 269 yards vs. FSU (11/20) ... threw for a career-high 417 yards against NC State (11/27), becoming the first Terps QB to throw for over 400 yards since Scott Milanovich in 1993 ... it is the fourth-most passing yards by a Maryland QB in a game in school history ... matched his career high with four TD passes and set career highs in completions (33) and attempts (47) ... matched his career best with a 71-yard TD strike to Torrey Smith ... was named ACC Rookie of the Week for the fifth time for his performance against NC State ... directed eight scoring drives in the 51-21 win over East Carolina in the Military Bowl (12/29) ... completed 13 of 22 passes for 181 yards with one TD and two picks.

As a Freshman (2009): Redshirted ... served as the No. 3 quarterback through much of the season ... elevated to second string late in the season due to starter Chris Turner's injury.

At East Forsyth High School: A highly regarded signal-caller ... rated the 36th-best pro-style quarterback in the nation by as a senior ... No. 35 player in North Carolina according to Rivals ... rated the 58th-best quarterback nationally according to Scout ...completed 117 of 235 passes for 1,640 yards and 16 TDs with six interceptions as a senior in 2008 ... also rushed 780 yards and 11 scores on 160 carries ... had eight 100-yard passing games and three 100-yard rushing games in 2008 ... helped the Eagles (12-2) claim a Metro 4-A Conference championship and advance to the third round of the state playoffs ... an all-conference nominee ... completed 151of 248 passes for 1,905 yards and 15 TDs while also rushing for 290 yards and seven scores in 2007 ... also plays basketball ... also recruited by Virginia, Wake Forest, Clemson, Duke and East Carolina ... coached by Todd Willert.

Personal: Born in St. Paul, Minn. ... enjoys training, hanging out with friends and relaxing in his spare time ... lists Boomer Esiason as his all-time favorite Terp ... intends to major in business management, but enrolled in letters and sciences ... recipient of the Richard L. and Laura Novak Director's Circle Scholarship.

O'Brien's Career Statistics
2010 13-1033719257.0243822871134.5


2010 13-103155103-48-1.5112




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