As he focused in recent months on classwork and recovering from a broken left arm,
has also pondered whether to return to the
next season, according to a relative.
With spring football approaching, O'Brien's uncertain future was the subject of tweets Wednesday from media members and anxious
One tweet by sports anchor Dan Hellie of Washington's NBC4 said: "Source: Maryland QB Danny O'Brien is leaving. Met with
today and will transfer."
There was enough public speculation that O'Brien felt he needed to offer up a tweet of his own.
"Contrary to rumor, I am still a Terp," it said.
O'Brien, a Maryland junior with two seasons of eligibility remaining, did not elaborate, and the Internet guessing game continued.
O'Brien — the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year two seasons ago — broke his arm when he was slammed to the turf during the Notre Dame loss Nov. 12, and getting healthy seemed to take precedence over other matters.
But spring football practices open March 10, and those who know O'Brien have said he hopes to have made a final decision by then.
Edsall, Maryland's coach, said recently that he had no reason to believe O'Brien and fellow quarterback
— who split time last season — would not return. Edsall did say O'Brien's participation in spring practices would be limited while he continues to recover from his injury.
Maryland had no comment Wednesday on the Twitter reports and speculation.
O'Brien has said he loves the area — the proximity to the nation's capital and to Baltimore, where he has served as a summer intern at
. He enjoys being a team leader, and his image has adorned
But the quarterback seemed mismatched at times in offensive coordinator Gary Crowton's spread offense last season in which the quarterback is supposed to take off occasionally on option runs. Crowton was dismissed after the season and replaced by Mike Locksley, who praised O'Brien's talent and "football IQ" to reporters Wednesday.