Former Penn State quarterback Steven Bench is looking to leave the Nittany Lions program after a season spent mainly on the bench last year. Bench’s pass attempt total in 2013: eight. According to the QB — who thanks to PSU’s NCAA penalties can transfer and play immediately — he wants “a shot to compete for playing time where I go to school next.” Late last week it was reportedly that that next school just might be Mississippi State.
Bench admitted that multiple reports of “mutual interest” between him and Dan Mullen’s program were correct. ESPN reports that he’s also considering South Florida. But he’s putting the word out loudly and clearly that he’s open to talking with anyone:
“I’m not against being away from home even though with the reports out there that I’m deciding between schools closer than say, Penn State from where I am in Georgia. At this point I want everyone to know I’m open to any school and any situation. That sounds like a cliche but it’s the truth…
If we were to take the academics out of the equation and talk about on the field, I’m going to my new school to play football. Not watch football being played.”
Bench was rated a three-star dual-threat quarterback prospect by Rivals.com coming out of high school. At Mississippi State, the starting quarterback is junior Tyler Russell. His backup is redshirt freshman Dak Prescott, who missed spring practice after having surgery to repair a ligament in his big toe.