Northwestern will turn to Ben Bryant as QB1 for Sunday’s season opener against Rutgers.

Bryant, a transfer from Cincinnati, beat out Brendan Sullivan for the starting job, according to ESPN’s Pete Thamel.

Thamel added that Sullivan has been a key leader for the Wildcats during the offseason coaching change.

Bryant is in the sixth season of his college career. He began his career at Cincinnati in 2018, taking a redshirt after playing in only 1 game. Bryant played in 10 games over the next 2 seasons for Cincinnati before transferring to Eastern Michigan.

In 2021, Bryant was an 11-game starter for Eastern Michigan, making 13 appearances. He logged career highs in completions (279) and passing yards (3,121).

Bryant opted to transfer back to Cincinnati for the 2022 season. He was an 11-game starter for the Bearcats, who went 9-2. Bryant threw a career-high 21 touchdowns last season.

Northwestern and Rutgers are set to meet at noon on Sunday. The game will air on CBS.