Penn State's brewing quarterback controversy just became a little less complex, as sophomore QB Steven Bench has decided to transfer from Penn State, per BWI's Ryan Snyder. Bench's decision has been confirmed by Penn State's athletic department.
Bench, who was viewed by many to be the frontrunner to start at quarterback for the Nittany Lions in 2013, has not yet announced a destination.
Last season, Bench saw the field in one game, going 2 for 8 with 12 yards passing and 3 rushes for 18 yards against Virginia as he backed up Matt McGloin.
Penn State will now, in all likelihood, look to either sophomore transfer Tyler Ferguson or true freshman Christian Hackenberg to be the signal caller in 2013. In any event, Bill O'Brien is now down to two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, and the potential of redshirting Hackenberg to preserve an additional year of eligibility is now likely gone.
Judging from a tweet he sent Wednesday afternoon, Bench had been eliminated from the quarterback competition prior to the decision.
I've decided to leave Penn State and go to a school that will give me the opportunity to compete for the QB spot and reach my full potential— Steven Bench (@SBench12) April 24, 2013