Steven Bench has decided to continue his football career someplace other than Penn State.
“I mean, it’s been a hard decision,” Bench said Wednesday. “I was sold on Penn State since the day I got an offer, since the day they called, really. I just wish it would’ve worked out. I still love this place and I wish it didn’t come to this, but I have to make the best choice for me. And I think the best thing for me to be successful is to not play at Penn State and to play elsewhere.”
Bench said he left his meeting with O’Brien under the impression he was behind Ferguson on the depth chart.
“It’s out of my control, but I wasn’t happy with it,” Bench said. “I’m a competitor, so I’m not going to agree with that decision. But, at the same time, it’s his decision and it’s out of my control. I feel that it kind of left me no choice. I don’t want to back anyone up. I want to play. I came here to play football.”
So instead of working harder to move up the chart, you transfer somewhere else so you don’t have to work? I’m sorry if that sounds like sour grapes, but if it sounds like a duck and looks like a duck . . . You can call it whatever you want. There is no I in team, but there is a U in suck. This is where I’m supposed to wish him luck and feel bad because of his tough decision. Whatever.
On the other hand, it also assuredly means that Hackenberg will not red-shirt this fall. With the scholarship limits, I’m not sure PSU can afford to red-shirt anybody. And Bench’s departure opens up another scholarship for someone that actually wants to earn a spot on the team.
In the BOT election, a total of 26,861 alumni have voted as of this past Wednesday. That means a total of 4,931 people voted in the previous 7 days, a considerable drop off from the first two weeks. And unless something remarkable happens in this last week or so of voting, the total participation will be markedly down from last year’s 37,579.
I’m not sure what that means. Have the alumni lost interest? Have they given up hope for change? Are they waiting until the last minute to cast their vote? Who knows?
And in the NFL draft to date, three Nittany Lions have been picked:
Jordan Hill was the 25th pick in the third round (87 overall) by the Seahawks.
Gerald Hodges was the 25th pick in the fourth round (120 overall) by the Vikings.
The Vikings also took Michael Mauti with the 7th pick in the 7th round (213 overall.)
Congratulations Jordan, Gerald and Mike!