Tag:Rob Bolden Transfer
Posted on: February 28, 2011 11:24 am
Edited on: February 28, 2011 11:28 am

Rob Bolden still uncertain about future at PSU

Posted by Chip Patterson

Penn State freshman quarterback Rob Bolden had high hopes for his career with the Nittany Lions when he was named the starter heading into his first collegiate game.  Then, at 18, Bolden was the first true-freshman quarterback to start a season opener in Joe Paterno's 45 years as a head coach.  But after getting knocked out of the Minnesota game with a concussion on October 23, Bolden struggled on the field and failed to regain his starting position from backup quarterback Matt McGloin.  

Bolden requested a transfer after the Nittany Lions' Outback Bowl loss to Florida, and head coach Joe Paterno refused to release the quarterback from his scholarship.  Now, being forced to stay on campus at least until the end of the spring semester, Bolden must try and make the best of the situation.  Recently, Bolden spoke on the issue while making a team appearance at a charity event.  While Bolden's future at Penn State is still uncertain, he is making the most of his time in Happy Valley.

“There is no definite answer on if I'm gonna stay or if I'm gonna leave,” Bolden said during an Uplifting Athletes' event at Damon's Grill in State College Sunday. “We're just gonna wait it out, see what happens in the spring and go from there.

“I've been just fine,” he said. “I'm having fun. I'm with my teammates. That hasn't changed at all. We still love each other, they're still my guys. I'm here for the spring, (so) we'll ball up and go from there.”

If Penn State fans are hoping that Bolden will stay for the fall, one hopeful sign is that he has been spending time with former Nittany Lions quarterback Daryll Clark.  Clark befriended Bolden when he was an instructor at an Elite 11 camp two years ago.  Clark has been spending time breaking down tape of the 2010 season with the young quarterback, helping him identify improvements Bolden can make to his  game.

“I need to work on everything,” Bolden said. “My whole game needs to be bumped up. My freshman year, I got that out of the way. It was cool to get some snaps under my belt, learn from that, move on (and) don't make the same mistakes twice.”

Bolden beat out McGloin for the starting position coming into the 2010 season, and depending on how things go in spring ball he could find himself doing it again in 2011.  Paterno has not make any declarations on the status of the job, but my guess would be the position will create some great competition between the two signal-callers in the coming weeks.

H/T: Fight On State  

Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:40 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2011 5:03 am

PSU QB Rob Bolden speaks: 'I'm pretty upset'

Posted by Adam Jacobi

As reported earlier, Penn State head coach Joe Paterno is currently not honoring the scholarship release request of freshman quarterback Rob Bolden. Paterno already lost quarterback Kevin Newsome to transfer earlier this season, and he couldn't have enjoyed seeing putative 2011 starter (and former walk-on) Matt McGloin struggle against Florida in the Outback Bowl last weekend.

Nonetheless, "I won't have enough quarterbacks if you leave" isn't going to placate a kid who wants to transfer, and Bolden and his family have been unusually open to the press while they've dealt with the matter. To that end, the Altoona Mirror spoke to Bolden on the phone tonight, and here's an excerpt from the interview:

Q: How disappointed are you that Joe denied the scholarship release?:

A: I'm pretty upset. I didn't understand why he would want me to stay if I didn't want to be there. I was looking to get out and get a release, but he thinks otherwise.

Q: What is your plan now? Are you coming back to PSU for school?:

A: I'm not sure yet. If I can figure out a way to get out of there with the release or whatever before Monday, then I'll do that. But if not, then we'll see what happens.

Q: If Joe does not release you, do you plan to come back?:

A: We'll see what happens. I'm not sure yet.

Bolden also mentions that "pretty much all" of his teammates have voiced their sympathy and support to him, so assuming that's true, JoePa's not doing much to get his locker room on his side. That's never a recipe for success, so Paterno needs to think carefully about how he's handling this situation.


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