Rob Bolden’s crazy college football career has taken another turn. Two years without seeing the field at LSU were enough for the former star recruit and he plans to transfer, according to NOLA.com.
Bolden will transfer from LSU to probably Eastern Michigan or Central Michigan, so any speculation about a return to Penn State is unwarranted. Sorry, Wings Over*.
Bolden’s is a promising career turned sour. It seems so short ago that he was Nittany Lion, but only the current senior class was here when he donned the white and blue. Once, he was the first true freshman to start the first game of the season under center, having entered Penn State in 2010 as the nation’s second-best quarterback recruit out of Michigan. He had roadbumps in that freshman campaign, but the season wasn’t a failure considering his age — he completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,360 yards, five touchdowns and seven picks. Still, he sought transfer after that season, but Joe Paterno denied it, instead promising him ample opportunity to play. But his sophomore season was a disaster, as he threw two touchdowns to seven interceptions, completed 39.3 of his passes for 685 yards, and eventually gave way to Matt McGloin.
When he jumped ship in the summer of 2012, he redshirted at LSU. Then, he switched from quarterback to wide receiver in the spring.
“Day by day I’m learning all the little tricks of playing wide receiver,” he said at the time, according to PennLive. “I’m not where I want to be yet as far as running routes and stuff like that, but it’ll come.”
Of course, it never did come. Bolden was moved back to quarterback on LSU’s depth chart this summer and never climbed higher than third-string. Now a rising redshirt senior, he has one year of eligibility remaining.
Bolden’s misfortunes are in line with a trend of them that befell some of Penn State’s transfers from that dreadful summer, from Silas Redd’s decreased output at USC to Ryan Nowicki’s double transfer. It’s unclear what position he will pursue in the MAC; regardless, it’s disappointing to see a career crash like his.
*Yes, that is a story from April Fools’ Day.