University Park, PA (Sports Network) - Sophomore quarterback Steven Bench has
been granted his release to transfer from Penn State.
"I have been meeting with all the players this week with my evaluation of
where they are at related to football and academics and to discuss what they
need to work on this summer," said coach Bill O'Brien. "After meeting with
Steven, he informed me he wants to play elsewhere. We want what is best for
Steven. 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."
The Georgia native played in two games against Virginia and Purdue as a true
freshman in 2012. Bench will complete the spring semester at PSU.
Bench was a coveted three star recruit out of Cairo High School. He received
scholarship offers from Rice, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, Samford and
South Alabama before committing to PSU.
O'Brien said that sophomore Tyler Ferguson and freshmen Christian Hackenberg,
D.J. Crook and Austin Whipple will compete to replace departing senior Matt
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