A few days after it was initially reported, Eastern Michigan confirmed the addition of transfer quarterback Rob Bolden. The former Penn State and LSU player is looking to make the most of his third college stop during his collegiate career, and the fresh start out of the bright lights of a big time program could serve him well.
Bolden was thrust into a spotlight at Penn State, where he opened the 2010 season as a starter despite not arriving on campus until the summer. He quickly took a hold of the starting quarterback competition after Daryll Clark had graduated, bypassing the perceived incumbent Kevin Newsome and another freshman option, Paul Jones, along the way. He had his bright spots, but a weak offensive line never did him any favors either. Later in the season he was replaced by Matt McGloin after being knocked out against Minnesota. He returned to the starting job a few weeks later but was replaced again by McGloin in a game against Northwestern. Down 21-0 when ht took over, McGloin led the Nittany Lions to a home win against the Wildcats to make his case for the primary quarterback duties the rest fo the season.
Bolden and McGloin alternated passing duties again in 2011, splitting time in games on a regular rotation for much of the season. It was not until Joe Paterno was removed as head coach in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal revelations that interim head coach Tom Bradley made McGloin the leader of the offense. Bolden went on to start the TicketCity Bowl for Penn State with McGloin out due to injury, but that would be Bolden’s final game on the field for some time. A free transfer option granted to all Penn State players as a part of sanctions that followed that summer led Bolden to LSU, where he sat out one season and never saw the field in his second season in Baton Rouge.
This spring Bolden was ready to make a position change to wide receiver. Considering his high recruiting profile as a dual-threat quarterback and the shrinking quarterback depth on the LSU roster, it raised a few eyebrows. Now Bolden will head to Eastern Michigan, where he will be given a chance to win a starting job under center and end his collegiate career on a high note. The Eagles are far away form competing for a MAC championship, but with Bolden returning closer to home it may just be the kind of environment Bolden needs to finally spread his wings.
“I am happy to be home with a new start and look to make my final year special,” Bolden said in a statement released by Eastern Michigan. “I appreciate the opportunity that Coach [Chris Creighton] is giving me and look forward to an exciting season. The support of my family has been tremendous throughout the entire process and I thank them all for that.”
Bolden will be eligible to play right away for Eastern Michigan after earning his degree in between Penn State and LSU.
From the looks of it, Rob Bolden is heading back to Big Ten country, albeit in an entirely different conference.
Monday it was reported that Bolden was transferring from LSU. Not only that, but it was reported that he narrowed down his landing spots to a pair of directional Michigan MAC schools. Now, the quarterback-turned-wide receiver has reportedly narrowed that list even further.
Both Hondo Carpenter of SpartanNation.com and Bryan Lazare of TigerBait.com tweeted that Bolden has decided to transfer to Eastern Michigan. No official announcement of Bolden’s addition has been made by EMU, although Carpenter wrote “Bolden will be announced when class at LSU done.”
Bolden’s other choice was reportedly Central Michigan.
If he has received his degree, Bolden, a senior, would be eligible to play for the Eagles immediately in 2014.
In early August of 2012, Bolden officially left Penn State after two seasons and ultimately ended up at LSU. He didn’t play a single down for the Bayou Bengals during his two seasons there, and was moved to receiver during spring practice this year.
Bolden is expected to move back to quarterback for his final collegiate season.
It looks as if LSU may look down an unusual avenue for some much-needed depth at the quarterback position.
On the heels of a report that quarterback-turned-wide receiver Rob Bolden was leaving the Tigers for (probably) the MAC, we were reminded that the Tigers have just two scholarship players at the position on their roster. A very familiar face, though, may be on his way to “save” the personnel day.
Baton Rouge radio personality Matt Moscona and Ross Dellenger of the Baton Rouge Advocate both tweeted earlier today that Jared Foster is contemplating a return to the Tigers football team, with the latter writing that the player is “strongly considering” a return. Foster was a walk-on quarterback at LSU in 2011 but was buried on the depth chart and switched to baseball full-time shortly thereafter.
This article HERE, from February of this year, indicated that Foster had no interest in coming back to football; situations, especially on the LSU football side, has apparently caused a change of heart.
In one of his tweets, Dellenger writes that “LSU [baseball] coach Paul Mainieri has discussed with Jared Foster the possibility of the outfielder rejoining football team.” A final decision hasn’t been made, but probably will be made at some point before the start of summer camp early next month.
Should Foster decide to join the football team, he would strictly be a No. 3, emergency-type quarterback behind sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris, the former being the (slight) favorite to win the starting job. That, though, could change at any point during summer camp as Harris, an early enrollee, had an outstanding spring practice.
A former quarterback at LSU could be staying in the SEC. Stephen Rivers, who was reported to be pursuing a transfer in February, is said to be likely to transfer to Vanderbilt.
According to Matt Mascona of 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge, who reported the transfer news via Twitter, a transfer to Vanderbilt should be all but a formality with the admissions process. As previously reported, Rivers appeared to be the odd man out of the quarterback mix with LSU, one of the reasons, perhaps, former Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden moved to wide receiver this spring. Because Rivers is scheduled to graduate this May from LSU, he will be eligible to play immediately this fall at another FBS program.
Unlike some schools, LSU granted Rivers a chance to transfer to any school with no restrictions. Some schools, such as Texas Tech or Oklahoma State, have limited the transfer options for players leaving their programs. So kudos to LSU for doing the right thing in allowing Rivers a chance to transfer to the program of his choice, even if it is within the conference.
LSU and Vanderbilt are not scheduled to face each other in 2014. The only way the two schools could face each other is if each reached the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta (or perhaps in the College Football Playoff if you want to let your imagination run a little wild).
In Lincoln, Nebraska we have a wide receiver playing quarterback. Down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana we have a quarterback playing wide receiver.
LSU has confirmed that quarterback Rob Bolden will make a position switch and is working out at wide receiver this spring. Bolden transferred to LSU in 2012 after Penn State was slammed with NCAA sanctions. Although he was allowed to have a free transfer, he did redshirt one year at LSU after making the switch. Bolden had split playing time as Penn State’s starting quarterback with Matt McGloin in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Bolden had not thrown a pass since arriving at LSU. In fact, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., running back Spencer Ware and punter Brad Wing each recorded more pass attempts the past two years than Bolden, a former highly-rated quarterback recruit out of Michigan.
Bolden’s move to wide receiver came as a bit of a surprise, but LSU head coach Les Miles appears happy with the early play and signs of progress by a couple other quarterback options competing for the starting job this spring.
“I felt both quarterbacks, Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings, have gotten stronger and more capable,” Miles said. “Brandon, in his short amount of time here, has gained some weight and strengths and looks a little bit better. [Redshirt freshman] Hayden Rettig’s lost some weight, looks better, and he had a nice practice today.”
Jennings is the only quarterback returning this spring with any playing experience, not including the two seasons Bolden played quarterback at Penn State before transferring prior to the 2012 season.
LSU also confirmed a few other position changes Saturday. Jalen Mills will move from cornerback to safety. Lamar Louis is switching from middle linebacker to the outside. Kwon Alexander is also switching linebacker positions from sam linebacker to will linebacker.