Cougar QB Peyton Bender won’t play in 2016

THE BACKUP QUARTERBACK battle at Washington State in fall camp will look far different than had been expected. Multiple independent sources with knowledge of the situation tell that third-year sophomore Peyton Bender will not play for Washington State in 2016.

Bender (6-0, 190) rendered himself academically ineligible for the 2016 season, the sources told CF.C.  Washington State declined comment through SID Bill Stevens, who said WSU does not comment on team matters.

Bender is going to stay in school at Washington State, the sources said, with the plan for him not to practice with the team this fall but rather get his academic house in order first and then return to the field for spring football next year.

Bender played in five games this past season, completing 53-of-91 passes for 498 yards with 3 TDs and 4 interceptions.

Tyler Hilinski (6-3, 191) who was locked in a battle with Bender for the No. 2 job this spring, now figures to have a leg up on the backup job behind starter and Heisman hopeful Luke Falk

Anthony Gordon (6-3, 185) arrives later this month at WSU out of junior college and figures to be Hilinski’s primary competition in fall ball.

After those three, Justus Rogers (6-2, 218) who arrived in January, is the other scholie QB on the roster. It remains to be seen if he’ll stay there or move to another position, possibly linebacker or defensive back. WSU continues to list him as a QB/ATH on the roster.

WSU figures to have threewalk ons in camp: second-year freshman Christian Jorgensen (6-2, 195); incoming true freshman Bryce Missey (6-0, 190) and JUCO Trey Tinsley (6-3, 205) out of Fullerton is also walking on. (Tinsley played with Cougar WR Kaleb Fossum in high school at El Toro in Lake Forest, Calif.)

Washington State has a verbal commitment from Connor Neville (6-2, 195) for the 2017 class.

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