Former Penn State quarterback Steven Bench announced Thursday that he’s transferring to the University of South Florida, where he can play immediately because of the Nittany Lions’ NCAA sanctions.
He has three seasons of eligibility.
Bench (6-foot-2, 204 pounds), of Cairo, Ga., played in only one game last season as a true freshman behind Matt McGloin. There was no promise of added playing time at Penn State, which has junior-college transfer Tyler Ferguson and incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg, likely leaving Bench at No. 3 on the depth chart.
Bench, who also considered N.C. State and Mississippi State, is expected to compete for USF’s starting quarterback position, where senior Bobby Eveld and redshirt sophomore Matt Floyd were the primary candidates during coach Willie Taggart’s initial spring practice. Bench runs 4.68 in the 40-yard dash and could be a good fit for Taggart's run-oriented offense.
The Bulls are seeking to replace four-year starter B.J. Daniels, who accounted for 10,501 career yards of total offense.