QB Rivers to transfer from LSU

Backup QB Stephen Rivers will transfer from LSU after this semester. He will graduate in May, and after three seasons of little playing time, Rivers will seek a better opportunity elsewhere.

Backup quarterback Stephen Rivers announced Wednesday he will transfer from LSU upon graduating after the spring semester.

Rivers has seen little playing time in his three years on campus, and was passed up in 2013 by true freshman Anthony Jennings to be the Tigers' No. 2 quarterback. Rivers will graduate in May and can play immediately at his new school with two seasons of eligibility remaining.

"Hopefully there's an opportunity for me to play somewhere else and get on the field," Rivers said. "I've had a great three years. I didn't necessarily get on the field as much as I wanted to, but I really enjoyed my time here."

Rivers was adamant that there are no hard feelings toward the LSU program. As a dropback, pocket passer, it had grown obvious that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron's system did not suit his skill set.

He simply wants to close out his college career with an opportunity to make an impact on the field.

"It was nothing that the coaches did or said that made me want to do this," Rivers said. "I just need to get on the field, and the best opportunity may be somewhere else."

Rivers said he's already met with the coaches, and they've given him the clearance to transfer.

"They've been really cooperative," River said. "There's no bad blood. I really love this place. The hard part about it is that there's nothing bad to say. I hate to be leaving, but sometimes you have to do what's best for you."

Rivers said he has not started considering options in terms of where he'll transfer. He said his brother, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, will provide some guidance and help steer him toward the best system for him.

"I haven't really narrowed it down," Rivers said. "I'm open to whatever. I'm looking anywhere to try and get on the field and play football."

He said he will continue to work out at the LSU facility until he graduates, but will not participate in spring practices with the team. He will begin working with his brother and weighing his options as they become available.

"My brother's going to help me a lot," Rivers said. "He obviously has a lot of connections throughout the nation. I'm going to take my time with this. I just really want to get on the field to play, and obviously I need to make the right decision to go somewhere to compete."

With Rivers' departure, LSU is left with three quarterbacks on scholarship. Anthony Jennings served as Zach Mettenberger's backup throughout the 2013 season and took over for the final two games of the season. Brandon Harris, who enrolled at LSU in January, will also have his sights set on playing time, as will Hayden Rettig, who redshirted this past season.


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