Penn State QB Bench chooses Bulls, will compete this fall
There is a prominent new challenger for USF's starting quarterback job this fall, as former Penn State quarterback Steven Bench announced Thursday that he will transfer to join the Bulls and be immediately eligible to play.
"I feel like it's the best place for me to go. The way they treated me down there on my visit was unbelievable," he said. "You could tell they went out of their way to make me feel wanted. They needed a quarterback, but they made me feel like they needed me to be their quarterback and that goes a long way."
Bench, who played sparingly as a true freshman last fall, will have three years of eligibility at USF -- he also visited N.C. State and Mississippi State in the past week before choosing the Bulls. He'll compete with rising senior Bobby Eveld and sophomore Matt Floyd for the starting QB job under first-year coach Willie Taggart.
Bench won't start classes at USF until July 1 with the rest of the incoming class, but he said he hopes to move to Tampa in the next week or two so he can better get to know his future teammates and the offense Taggart will be running.