The Georgia native has been granted a release to transfer from the football program by second-year head coach Bill O'Brien. The signal-caller will first complete the spring semester, which ends May 3.
"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," O'Brien said. "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."
Bench saw action against Virginia and Purdue as a true freshman in 2012 and was 2 of 8 passing for 12 yards with 18 yards rushing on three carries.
With Bench out of the picture, sophomore Tyler Ferguson will battle freshmen Christian Hackenberg, D.J. Crook and Austin Whipple for the starting job under center. The Nittany Lions open the 2013 season on August 31 against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
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