Penn State QB Steven Bench to transfer

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

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Steven Bench just participated in Penn State's spring game last weekend and now he's transferring. (USATSI)

Well there's one name you can take out of the running to be Penn State's starting quarterback in 2013.

On Wednesday, Penn State announced quarterback Steven Bench would be transferring from the program.

"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 any way we can."

The sophomore quarterback was a three-star member of Penn State's 2012 recruiting class. Bench appeared in only two games with the Nittany Lions, both coming in the 2012 season against Virginia and Purdue. He completed two of his eight pass attempts for 12 yards, and rushed for 18 yards on three carries.

With the transfer rules regarding Penn State following last year's NCAA sanctions, Bench will not have to sit out a year before becoming eligible to play at a new school.

As for the quarterbacks remaining in State College, O'Brien says sophomore Tyler Ferguson will compete with freshmen Christian Hackenberg -- a five-star member of Penn State's 2013 class -- D.J. Crook and Austin Whipple.

Penn State opens the 2013 season against Syracuse in East Rutherford, N.J.

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