LSU QB poised to transfer to Vandy

According to multiple reports LSU quarterback Stephen Rivers is planning to transfer to Vanderbilt. At this point nothing has been officially confirmed, but if the transfer happens then the signal caller will have two years of eligibility in the black and gold.

Even more interesting for ‘Dores fans is the news that Rivers would be eligible to play immediately under an NCAA rule that allows a player who has graduated to transfer to a graduate program at another school if the college they are currently at has no further study program in their field. This is the same rule that allowed Super Bowl champion quarterback Russell Wilson to transfer from North Carolina State to Wisconsin for his final year of college eligibility.

Vanderbilt has become the desired option for Rivers for a number of reasons. The 6-foot-7, 223 pounder was given the right to transfer by LSU, but this was not an "open release" so his options were limited. The limitations put on the release by the Tigers saw that Vanderbilt was the only SEC school available for Rivers to transfer to. When this was combined with the desire of the Alabama native to stay close to home, but still play against the best competition possible, the ‘Dores became the perfect fit.

Rivers is currently sitting out of spring practice at LSU while he waits for his release to become official. If everything progresses at planned then he would move to Vanderbilt and be in strong consideration for finding a role on the team this fall. The arrival of the former 3-star prospect would also help somewhat offset the loss of K.J. Carta-Samuels from the recruiting class this spring.

The fact that Rivers is the younger brother of San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers speaks to his pedigree. After a successful time under the quarterbacking of Jordan Rodgers, brother of Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, it would be ironic if the Commodores were to have another quarterback with NFL starter bloodlines so soon.

History has proven that you can never have to many talented quarterbacks on the roster. Whether Rivers comes in and works his way to the starting position is yet to be seen, but competition makes everyone better. Commodore fans should watch this story closely and see if the transfer comes through.

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