Former CFL quarterback Danny O’Brien accepts coaching position at Penn State University

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B.C. Lions running backs coach Danny O’Brien has accepted a position on the coaching staff at Penn State University.

O’Brien originally joined the Lions coaching staff as an offensive assistant in January 2020 after spending his final pro season as a quarterback with the squad in 2019.

We congratulate Danny on a big opportunity for a young coach working his way into the profession. We wish him well,” Lions co-general manager and head coach Rick Campbell said in a statement. 

He signed with the Lions after Edmonton released him. O’Brien started three games for B.C. at the end of last season. However, former GM Ed Hervey informed O’Brien he was not in the Lions’ plans moving forward following the 2019 season.

O’Brien completed 15-of-26 passes for 93 yards in Edmonton’s two pre-season games before he was let go. The six-foot-three, 220-pound pivot spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons in Edmonton.

The Minneapolis native came into the league with Ottawa in 2014 and spent three seasons with the Redblacks. O’Brien suited up for 99 career games completing 100-of-175 passes for 1,045 yards with three touchdowns against 10 interceptions and rushed 31 times for 87 yards and three touchdowns.