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Vandy gives QB Stephen Rivers release from scholarship

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Vanderbilt has given quarterback Stephen Rivers a full release from his scholarship, allowing Rivers to seek a transfer to another school for the final year of his eligibility in college.

“I have been granted a release from Vanderbilt,” Rivers announced on Twitter. “I am very appreciative of the opportunity they gave me. Wish everyone there the best.”

Because Rivers is a senior, he will be eligible to play at any FBS program in 2015 rather than be forced to sit out a season. This will be the second transfer for Rivers during his college career. Rivers initially started out at LSU before transferring to Vanderbilt a year ago.

“I am looking forward to playing and contributing to the success of another team and finishing my final year of eligibility,” Rivers also said on Twitter.

Rivers appeared in five games in 2014, passing for 334 yards and three interceptions.

Rivers is the younger brother of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.