Rob Bolden's transfer from Penn State to LSU became official on Aug. 1 when LSU head coach Les Miles acknowledged that the former Nittany Lion quarterback will now be a Tiger. Bolden is also one of the players listed on the Tigers' roster on the LSU Sports website.
Miles on Bolden
Miles said that LSU had recruited Bolden before he committed to Penn State and that the quarterback contacted LSU about playing football for the Tigers "about three months ago." Miles pointed out that his new backup quarterback has his work cut out for him, but also that Bolden will be able to complete. Miles said, "He doesn't know how to call cadence, doesn't know the names of the plays, and doesn't know nomenclature. He's got a long way to go, but he will be talented and given every opportunity to compete." Miles also lauded Bolden's previous experience as a starter at Penn State.
Bolden at PSU
In 2010, Bolden became the first true freshman to start a season opener for Penn State in 100 years. He suffered a concussion in the seventh game of that season and did not play much after that contest. Bolden finished his freshman season with 1,360 yards passing (136 yards per game), 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. To say Bolden had a sophomore slump would be putting it mildly. He completed just 39.3% of his passes, threw seven interceptions and just two touchdowns. It is important to remember that Bolden reportedly wanted to transfer after his freshman season but was denied that opportunity. His dual-threat ability was not used at Penn State as he rushed (not including sacks) only 44 times in 20 games, picking up 187 yards and a touchdown.
Bolden's Role For LSU
Bolden has two years of eligibility remaining and will be able to play immediately for LSU. He will wear No. 1 as he did for Penn State but will not be expected to challenge Zach Mettenberger for the starting quarterback job for the Tigers. However, Bolden will need to be a buffer between Mettenberger and two redshirt freshmen, Stephen Rivers and Jerrard Randle, who have never thrown a pass in a game. In the best case scenario, Mettenberger stays healthy and plays well so Bolden is not forced into action. As I pointed out in a previous article, fumbles have been a problem for Bolden so I don't think there should be an attempt to run a package of option plays for him this season.
As an LSU fan, I hope this transfer works out for the best but I'm not counting on Bolden to win games for the Tigers.
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