• October 6, 2022

Rob Bolden To Transfer From Penn State?

Penn State freshman quarterback Rob Bolden is reportedly seeking a transfer from the university, according to multiple media sources.

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.

Kyle Phillippi

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January 3, 2011 8:59 am

I followed Penn State this year, the kid Bolden is a true freshman who struggled some this season, got hurt, McGloin came in (Jeff Garcia’ish) and started the rest of the season. He played terrible in the bowl game. I felt bad for Bolden, the team was stinking when he was the QB, and McGloin did actually play a little better and with a little more fire…However, there is a Blue Chip (Red Shirt) freshman (Paul Jones) at Happy Valley that makes all of this a moot point. He’s better than both of these guys, so I would transfer too. Penn State overestamated their QB position last year, too many blue chip QBs, why Bolden and Jones would both go there as Freshman QBs is beyond me. Only one was going to play.

January 3, 2011 12:11 pm

Wow and McGloin leads PSU with big wins over Michigan and Northwestern..
Ark you kidding me… This Nittany Lion Program has fallen so far recently that is considers wins over a terrible Michigan and a decent Northwestern team as the highlights of the Season…
The should have never went to the Big X for they are no match with the Ohio States/Wisonsin/Iowa and soon to be,the Nebraska’s type of Programs …

January 6, 2011 11:51 pm

You would think kids would want to come to Penn State and would be in the top 5 every year because Joe Pa is considered one of best of all-time. I know good recruits used to skip Joe cause he never passed and didn’t play freshman. But he is different now. I guess all recruits like hot weather!!