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                   === Bench to transfer from Penn State ===
 
 University  Park, PA (Sports Network) - Sophomore quarterback Steven Bench has
 been granted his release to transfer from Penn State.
 
 "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 anyway we can."
 
 The  Georgia native played  in two games against Virginia and Purdue as a true
 freshman in 2012. Bench will complete the spring semester at PSU.
 
 Bench  was a coveted  three star recruit out of Cairo High School. He received
 scholarship  offers from  Rice, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, Samford and
 South Alabama before committing to PSU.
 
 O'Brien  said that sophomore Tyler Ferguson and freshmen Christian Hackenberg,
 D.J.  Crook  and Austin Whipple will  compete to replace departing senior Matt
 McGloin.
 
 
 
 04/25 11:14:58 ET

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