His father was the first to report the news when he expressed his son’s distaste with the program and his current situation on Lions247.com.
“They’re not looking for him to leave, they don’t want him to leave, but he no longer wants to play at Penn State,” Bolden Sr. said. “He’s not happy at Penn State currently. If it was up to me, he definitely [would leave], without a doubt. He’s definitely made it known that he does not want to be there anymore.”
If Bolden leaves Penn State, it wouldn’t be totally unexpected because it has been rumored that he hasn’t been happy with his standing on the team following an injury mid-way through the season that gave way to sophomore Matt McGloin, who took over the team from that point on.
Before getting injured, Bolden had an up-and-down journey throughout the early stages of the season, including a poor game against Alabama in which he threw two interceptions and just 144 yards. He finished the season with a 118.5 rating and 1,360 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions.
He does have a right to be angry at the university following McGloin’s awful performance in the Outback Bowl against Florida. The sophomore threw five interceptions en route to a 37-24 loss.
McGloin accounted for slightly more yardage than Bolden (1,548), but avoided turning the ball over (that was until the final game of the season). He led Penn State to key victories over Michigan and Northwestern, which made him a fan favorite in Happy Valley.
Entering the 2011 season, Bolden most likely would have to beat out McGloin for the starting gig, if he does choose to remain a Nittany Lion. If Bolden leaves, then McGloin will be Penn State’s clear-cut starter heading into next season.
For those who follow Penn State, Bolden’s story is beginning to sound similar to the path taken by Pat Devlin, who transferred from Penn State after receiving little playing time and ultimately becoming a future NFL draft pick at Delaware.
However, Bolden is hoping to land with a FBS program and not a FCS program, such as Delaware.