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Report: ex-Penn State QB considering USF, Miss. St.

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USF lost out on former Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett, but could be in the running for another transfer at the same position.

According to’s Joe Schad, and citing a source close to the player, the Bulls along with Mississippi State are two of the schools to which Steven Bench is considering transferring.  Schad writes that “Bench is expected to train with quarterbacks coach George Whitfield in California this weekend and possibly take visits to one of those schools the following weekend.”

It was announced late last month that Bench would be leaving the Penn State football program.  Because of the NCAA sanctions leveled on the Nittany Lions, Bench will be eligible to play immediately in 2013 if he transfers to an FBS school.  He will have three years of eligibility remaining plus his redshirt season.

As a true freshman last season, bench appeared in two games and attempted seven passes.  He and Tyler Ferguson engaged in a battle for the starting job this spring, with neither player pulling away from the other.  Incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg will also enter the Nittany Lions’ quarterback fray in summer camp, and many consider him the favorite to begin the season as the starter.

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6 Responses to “Report: ex-Penn State QB considering USF, Miss. St.”
  1. collegefan1984 says: May 3, 2013 6:13 PM

    As a Penn St fan, I’d like to say good luck to Steven Bench. You came up here during the worst of times and stuck with us. I’m sure you’ll be a success wherever you go.

  2. tommy57 says: May 3, 2013 11:10 PM

    I agree – Steven is a good guy, just not yet ready to be a starting QB at this level. With Hackenberg coming, Steven’s opportunities at PSU are limited. He needs a program that will allow him to develop for the next year, then, perhaps, be a 2-year starter. But, most important, get the degree.

  3. coryfor3 says: May 4, 2013 12:27 AM

    He gets to escape the creepiness of PSU. Congrats my man.

  4. barkleyblows says: May 4, 2013 2:57 PM

    Finally decided he had enough with Ped State.

  5. halbert53 says: May 4, 2013 3:10 PM

    Mississippi State is a good program, mainly needs an upgrade at QB and a few other players to be in Top 20.

  6. smokingto says: May 6, 2013 9:48 AM

    BarkleyB you call Penn State Ped State and you Reference sexual innuendoes in your log on name for a youg viewers to read. Now who is the pedophile?? Very Classless of You!!!!!!

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