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Report: LSU backup QB Stephen Rivers will transfer

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The father of LSU backup quarterback Stephen Rivers told the Baton Rouge Advocate on Wednesday that his son has decided to transfer from the Tigers’ program.

The rising junior was slated to compete for the starting quarterback spot this spring, but he appears to be the odd man out of a five-man competition that will reportedly place a heavy focus on mobility and the read option. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Rivers is a traditional drop-back passer.

LSU has given Rivers the clearance to transfer anywhere he likes. He’ll be eligible to compete right away since he’ll graduate in May.

As of right now, sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris are the favorites to replace the graduated Zach Mettenberger as the starter for the Tigers. They’ll be challenged by redshirt freshman Hayden Rettig and Penn State senior transfer Rob Bolden.

The most interesting news to glean from this report, besides the transfer, is that LSU is apparently moving away from its traditional pro-style scheme in favor of an offense that allows its quarterback to attack defenses with his feet as well as with his arm. That could merely be due to the personnel available on the roster, or it could be a sign that Tigers OC Cam Cameron is getting back to the offense he ran as head coach at Indiana back in the late 1990s, featuring the exciting Antwaan Randle El.

If LSU starts running a dynamic spread option offense to go with its usual stout defense, look out.


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12 Responses to “Report: LSU backup QB Stephen Rivers will transfer”
  1. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Feb 19, 2014 10:54 PM

    Saban will not be happy about this. 😉

  2. derekgorgonstar says: Feb 19, 2014 11:05 PM

    Michigan needs qb depth

  3. jtinnon2009 says: Feb 19, 2014 11:11 PM

    Hope you potential NFL players (recruits) are paying attention. LSU is backing away from the offense that is run in the NFL to the high school thingy…

  4. thefiesty1 says: Feb 19, 2014 11:19 PM

    LSU says he can transfer anywhere he likes. Maybe he can go to Texas Tech where he can’t go anywhere without their approval even though his eligibility has expired.

  5. fstpstr says: Feb 19, 2014 11:24 PM

    Please come to Florida. Please come yesterday…

  6. normtide says: Feb 19, 2014 11:29 PM

    His dad was the head coach of my high school’s biggest rival. The Rivers family are good people, I hope for the best for this young man.

    Jtinnon, you know, I always thought the same thing. That prospects would prefer a pro style college offense. I think there are so many good recruits out there, big programs will always find plenty of talent. Plus, some NFL teams are playing more of that offense. But, the most successful ones still run the ‘pro style’.

  7. ducknichols50 says: Feb 20, 2014 12:30 AM


  8. 4512dawg4512 says: Feb 20, 2014 3:59 AM

    Step 1: Watch Oklahoma embarrass Alabama

    Step 2: Copy Oklahoma’s offense

  9. mcmccii says: Feb 20, 2014 8:56 AM

    LSU is not changing their offense. Jennings can absolutely wing it, and has way more confidence than Mettenberger ever did. Mett had a big arm, but was also immature and inconsistent, sometimes struggling with accuracy. Jennings is a dual-threat, but from what we’ve seen from him so far, he can stand in the pocket and throw bullets.
    Be afraid, SEC. Be very afraid.

  10. infrno says: Feb 20, 2014 1:30 PM

    Very doubtful LSU is changing anything long term. Miles has always tried to fit the offense to the personnel. With Russel, Flynn and Mettenberger we had a pro-style offense since they were traditional pocket QBs. Tried it with Lee once Perriloux got himself kicked off the team but Lee threw too many INTs so he switched to Jefferson, who is not a pocket passer. When Jefferson was suspended he went back to the same style with Lee again until he started throwing picks again, then back to the read option with Jefferson. My guess is that Rivers honestly just isn’t very good and the others are more suited to a read option scheme.

  11. southernpatriots says: Feb 22, 2014 6:43 PM

    Cam Cameron was given free reign to install his type of offense when he agreed with his long time friend, co-coach under Bo. He is getting the personnel he needs to run his version of Air Coryell. Adding some fine TEs this recruiting season, and will continue to add strong linemen.

    Friends in North Louisiana who watched Parkland all year, tell me Harris is a strong presence in the pocket, very confident and will remain there extra time and not look to run as the first option on a pass play.

    I wish Rivers well. His brother’s alma mater may welcome him since they are in need of a QB. I think Phillip saw where he was on the depth chart, spoke with the coaches and made a good decision for himself. I hope he is able to get on with a team where he will have a great chance to compete to be the starting QB.

  12. southernpatriots says: Feb 22, 2014 6:44 PM

    Substitute Stephen for Phillip. I was thinking of Phillips alma mater.

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