Christopher Smith

LSU QB Stephen Rivers To Transfer

Created on Feb. 20, 2014 2:56 PM EST

Stephen Rivers, the 6-foot-7 brother of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, is transferring from LSU after three seasons.

Rivers came to the Tigers in 2011 as a touted recruit out of Athens, Ala., and at one point seemed like the most likely candidate to replace Zach Mettenberger. After serving as the backup in 2012, Anthony Jennings passed him last season and was the one to replace Mettenberger after the senior tore his ACL.

Jennings and Brandon Harris, an incoming freshman, both are dual-threat quarterbacks.

"(LSU's offense is) going in a different direction," Rivers' father, Steve Rivers, said, according to The Advocate.

The younger Rivers brother is scheduled to graduate this spring and will have two years of eligibility remaining. He told media he isn't likely to decide on a new school until May.

“There’s an opportunity for me to hopefully play somewhere else,” Rivers said at an impromptu news conference after news broke while he was serving as a student assistant for LSU's sports information department, according to The Advocate. “I’ve had a great three years here, maybe not necessarily gotten on the field as much as I wanted to, but I’ve really enjoyed my time here.”

Rivers, cut from the same cloth as Philip Rivers, is anything but a scrambler. Always respectful and content in sound bytes to the media even upon leaving, it sounds like a mutual breakup.

Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron received accolades from every corner of college football last season for reviving the Tigers' offense, but he's losing a ton of talent, including Jeremy Hill, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. Apparently the former NFL coach and coordinator's answer is to hop on the bandwagon and institute some spread concepts with a running quarterback.

Rivers, the NFL quarterback enjoyed a record-setting career at N.C. State and was drafted fourth overall in 2004 despite an uncanny delivery and a lack of athleticism. Getting a chance to see the younger brother, who also wears No. 17, play somewhere in college is intriguing, especially considering his pedigree and his talent coming out of high school.

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