Joe Brennan, who quarterbacked six games at Wisconsin last year as the backup to Russell Wilson, has transferred to Towson and will be eligible immediately. Brennan participated in spring drills with the Badgers, but dropped on the depth chart and fell another notch when Danny O’Brien transferred from Maryland. Brennan (6-3, 210) has three years of eligibility left.
“We are thrilled to have a player of Joe’s potential join our family,” Towson coach Rob Ambrose said in a statement. “He is a quality young man who understands what it means to be a Tiger and he is excited about our future here.”
At Camden Catholic in New Jersey, Brennan was rated the No. 1 quarterback in the state in 2009, guiding the team to a 9-2 mark. In his final two seasons he completed 277 of 481 passes for 4,280 yards and 43 touchdowns.
Last year at Wisconsin Brennan completed 6 of 15 passes for 48 yards and rushed for a touchdown. At Towson, he figures to compete for backup duty behind senior starter Grant Enders (Old Mill). Junior Peter Athens (Huntingtown), who started last year at Maryland, is vying for backup duty with redshirt freshman Connor Frazier (Damascus), who had a strong spring.
After an amazing turnaround season, going from last place to first in the Colonial Athletic Association, Towson was ranked No. 9 in the coaches poll and No. 7 by the Sports Network last week. Towson opens Thursday night at Kent State, the first of two games this season against FBS competition.
Towson will face a more famous brand of Tigers on Sept. 29 at LSU. The game was arranged two years ago before Towson’s revival.
“It’s a big payday. I wasn’t necessarily on board,” Ambrose said last week on picture day. “Playing one of those a year is enough. Playing two of those is kind of crazy. Playing the second one of the caliber of LSU is just a whole other level of nuts. My assistant AD said, we gotta put together a list of schools you don’t want to play. I said, ‘Who’s left? Alabama? I tell you what, we don’t want to play the New York Giants.’”