Update: 9:50am 2/20/14
In a move that we probably saw coming, quarterback Stephen Rivers will be transferring from LSU, per comments from his father.
With freshman Anthony Jennings getting all of the backup duty to Zach Mettenberger last year, it was apparent that Rivers had been passed up on the depth chart.
Rivers attempted only two passes in four appearances during his two years at LSU. Another mobile QB, Brandon Harris, is on campus this spring and is thought to already be the direct competition to Jennings. Rivers said he sensed the LSU offense changing & the way the Tigers have recruited has made that obvious. Miles wants to use a mobile quarterback & move away from the statuesque, drop-back passer like a Mettenberger or Rivers.
Rivers graduates in May so he'll be immediately eligible at any FBS school. Given his pedigree & makeup, he'll land on his feet. This is the best move for him, because he most likely wasn't going to get any meaningful playing time again this season.
Continue reading for quotes from Rivers…
The Advocate caught up with Stephen on Wednesday night to get his thoughts on transferring.
“There’s an opportunity for me to hopefully play somewhere else,” Rivers said. “I’ve had a great three years here, maybe not necessarily gotten on the field as much as I wanted to, but I’ve really enjoyed my time here.”
Rivers will be automatically eligible to play, and he has two seasons of eligibility left.
Added Rivers' father, "Everything is on the up and up…We love LSU.”
Rivers says he is likely to make a decision on which school he will transfer to in May. It's undeniable that he'll be looking for schools that run offenses similiar to the one we saw Mettenberger run last year.
We wish Stephen the best of luck and hope he latches on somewhere that will utilize his talents.