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Stephen Rivers to Misread Play Calls Elsewhere in 2015

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Vanderbilt quarterback Stephen Rivers will not return to the team in 2015. The former LSU passer (and younger brother of Philip) completed just 38.5 percent of his passes for the Commodores.

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Vanderbilt's quarterback competition just got a bit tighter. Stephen Rivers, the 6'7" passer who started the Commodores' second game of the season last fall, announced that he will transfer to another program in order to play out his final year of eligibility.

Here's what Rivers said on Twitter Sunday:

Rivers did not have a great year in his sole season in black and gold. He completed just 38.5 percent of his passes and failed to throw for a touchdown while committing four turnovers. His most successful drive as a Commodore was a -4 yard jaunt that provided the only points in Vandy's 3-41 loss to Ole Miss. His most notorious moment came when he misread a "60" as a "90" on his wristband and gave Georgia seven free points in the midst of a 17-44 defeat. Here's the aftermath:

EDIT: VandyTigerPhD throws this classic Rivers memory into the mix.

With Rivers moving on to greener (?) pastures, here's what the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Andy Ludwig will be working with this spring and summer:

Player Year Pass Attempts
Patton Robinette r-Jr. 155
Johnny McCrary r-So. 152
Wade Freebeck So. 72
Shawn Stankavage r-Fr. 0
Kyle Shurmur (commit) Fr. 0

There wasn't too much room in Vandy's plans for a veteran passer that showed few signs of progress in 2014. Rivers was likely to occupy the lower tier of the depth chart; a transfer will benefit both the player and the program this spring. Hopefully, he'll have better fortune at his next destination. In the meantime, Vanderbilt will work on developing their next generation of passers while stressing the difference between "6" and "9" along the way.

(Thanks to Simmons93 for breaking the news in a FanShot on Sunday)