Vanderbilt has a new potential starting quarterback in the fall.
Former LSU QB Stephen Rivers, the brother of San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers, is transferring to Vanderbilt. The school announced the move Wednesday morning and Rivers will be immediately eligible for a season after graduating from LSU in May.
"I'm happy for Stephen and looking forward to having him join our program," Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said in a statement. "Stephen brings both ability and experience to our team. He also fits the offensive system we will run under (offensive coordinator) Karl Dorrell. We're going to see great competition at the quarterback position this August."
He's also the second younger brother of an NFL quarterback to transfer to Vanderbilt in the past five seasons. After playing two seasons at community college, Jordan Rodgers, the younger brother of Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, played for Vanderbilt in 2011 and 2012.
Rivers has two seasons to play and was granted a transfer waiver by the SEC on Tuesday. He does not fall under the new SEC graduate transfer guidelines since he has more than one season of eligibility remaining.
He will be competing against Patton Robinette. Robinette split time with Austyn Carta-Samuels in 2013 for Vanderbilt. Robinette was 46-88 passing for 642 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. He was a redshirt freshman in 2013. In 2012, Rivers threw two passes in two games.
Rivers announced his intention to transfer from LSU in February. His departure means that Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris are the top two quarterbacks from the Tigers. Hayden Rettig, the third-string QB for LSU this spring, recently announced his intention to transfer.
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