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Former Maryland starting quarterback Danny O'Brien didn't transfer to Wisconsin to stand on the sideline.

With two years of eligibility remaining, O'Brien will try to help the Badgers advance to a third consecutive Rose Bowl -- if he's able to sit atop the quarterback depth chart in the fall.

Joel Stave has other ideas.

Head coach Bret Bielema has maintained throughout spring practice that the redshirt freshman Stave has impressed him with his leadership and poise, and he will enter fall camp as the team's No. 1 quarterback. Stave has moved ahead of Joe Brennan for the No. 1 spot, but all expectations are for O'Brien to eventually pass the pair and start the season opener.

But O'Brien won't officially arrive in Madison for another month, so Stave will have more time to make an impression on coaches and players as well as further learn the intricacies of the offense. After the team's spring game last Saturday, he emphasized that the staff has said the competition is open and that he plans to continue to work hard throughout the offseason.

Bielema knew that he had to address the quarterback position this offseason with Curt Phillips and Jon Budmayr hurt. Incoming freshman Bart Houston is likely headed for a redshirt after injuring his shoulder. So O'Brien certainly knew he was being brought in to be the No. 1 guy. However, he must make a strong impression this summer and fall in order to leapfrog Stave, who has taken advantage of every opportunity this spring.

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