It was reported earlier this week that former Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden had plan to transfer from LSU, making this his second transfer since 2012. However, instead of taking his talents to another state, Bolden has decided to bring his talents back home and play for the Eastern Michigan Eagles, where he is expected to move back to quarterback for his final collegiate season.
The news of Bolden’s decision was first reported by Hondo Carter of SpartanNation.com and later confirmed by Bryan Lazare of TigerBait.com, who announced the news on Twitter.
Although, no official announcement of Bolden’s addition has been made by Eastern Michigan yet, Carpenter tweeted that the announcement will officially be made when Bolden is done with classes at LSU.
Now for those who don’t remember, the Michigan native, originally played quarterback at Penn State, where he showed plenty of potential, even earning the starting job as a true freshman, making him the first freshman to start at quarterback in 100 years at Penn State. However, after dealing with some injury issues, coaching changes and losing his position to quarterback Matt McGloin, Bolden made the decision to transfer to LSU. Nevertheless, Bolden didn’t have much success as he didn’t play a single down during his two seasons with LSU, then to make matters worse, during this year’s spring practices, he was moved to wide receiver, where he was unfortunately expected not to do much.
However, all may not be bad for Bolden during his time at LSU. According to reports, if Bolden earns his undergraduate degree at LSU, he might be able to play at Eastern Michigan right away.
Although this is Bolden’s second transfer, there is no doubt in my mind that Bolden still has plenty to offer on the field and I think Eastern Michigan realizes that, which is why I say this is a good grab for the Eagles.
At 6-foot-4 and 208 pounds, Bolden is tall and well-built and coming into Eastern Michigan, coaches can count on him to be very fundamentally sound and have good mechanics like he showed during his time with Orchard Lake Saint Mary’s and Penn State. If that’s enough, he will also bring dual-threat ability. He has the footwork, arm strength and touch to be an accurate pocket passer but he also has the ability to make passes on the run and make things happen in the open field if needed.
Overall, he should be a good quarterback for the Eastern Michigan Eagles and if all goes well he will be eligible to play for the Eagles immediately in 2014.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit
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