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Ex-LSU QB Stephen Rivers transfers to Vanderbilt

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Stephen Rivers will be eligible in 2014. (USATSI)
Stephen Rivers will be eligible in 2014. (USATSI)

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New Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason has one more option when it comes to replacing Austyn Carta-Samuels under center this fall.

The Commodores announced Wednesday that former LSU quarterback Stephen Rivers will transfer to Vandy and be eligible immediately after graduating from LSU this spring. The SEC -- which recently announced it would withdraw its prohibition on graduate transfers -- granted Rivers a waiver late Tuesday.

"I'm happy for Stephen and looking forward to having him join our program," Mason said in a statement. "Stephen brings both ability and experience to our team. He also fits the offensive system we will run under [offensive coordinator] Karl Dorrell. We're going to see great competition at the quarterback position this August."

A three-star member of the class of 2011 from Athens, Ala. and the brother of NFL quarterback Philip Rivers, Rivers played in four games in his three-year LSU tenure, attempting two passes. After redshirting as a true freshman and seeing limited time in 2012, Rivers entered 2013 as Zach Mettenberger's backup but was passed on the depth chart by freshman Anthony Jennings.

Rivers tweeted the following Wednesday:

To win the 2014 starting quarterback job, Rivers -- who will enroll in Vandy's Divinity School -- will have to beat out favorite Patton Robinette, the third-year sophomore who led the 'Dores to late-season wins over Florida and Houston. Also in the mix are redshirt junior Josh Grady and redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary, the only other quarterback besides Robinette to take part in Vandy's spring drills.

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