Bender's twitter page bio line no longer reads "WSU" but instead says "ICC QB (December Graduate)."
Bender became academically ineligible following the spring semester at Washington State, CF.C reported in June. The plan at that time was for him to stay in school at WSU, get his academic house in order and return to the field for spring football next year but a junior college stint is now in the cards. Once Bender receives his AA he could transfer back to WSU, or to another 4-year school, with 2-to-play-2.
Bender redshirted as a freshman before seeing action in five games last season, completing 58 of 91 passes for 498 yards, with three touchdowns and four interceptions.
Tyler Hilinski (6-3, 191) who was locked in a battle with Bender for the No. 2 job this spring, figures to have a leg up on the backup job headed into fall camp behind starter and Heisman hopeful Luke Falk.
Second-year sophomore Anthony Gordon (6-3, 185) arrived to WSU last month as a full qualifier out of junior college and a late addition to the Cougs' 2016 signing class. He figures to be Hilinski’s primary competition in fall ball for the No. 2 spot behind Falk.
Beyond 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 lists him as a QB/ATH on the roster.
WSU figures to have three walk 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 its 2017 class.
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