Penn State QB Steven Bench will transfer

Penn State QB Steven Bench will transfer

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]enn State sophomore quarterback Steven Bench, who looked like a contender for the starting job this spring, has decided to transfer.

benchIn a statement, Bill O’Brien said that Bench informed him that he would like to play elsewhere during his evaluation meeting this week.

“We want what is best for Steven,” O’Brien’s statement read. “I want to thank him for his contributions to the program. We wish Steven the best in the future and will assist him anyway we can.”

It’s a somewhat surprising move, as Bench saw action in two games as a true freshman, and, by all accounts, appeared to be in the mix to replace Matt McGloin this spring.

Now, that battle looks like it will come down to junior college transfer Tyler Ferguson, incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg, or walk-ons D.J. Crook and Austin Whipple.

Bench (6-2, 205) played in the Virginia and Purdue games last year. He was 2-of-8 for 12 yards and gained 18 yards on three carries in those games.

A Bainbridge, Ga. native, Rivals.com rated him a 3-star dual threat quarterback in 2012.

Photo credit: Keith Srakocic / AP

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