Penn State QB Robert Bolden at LSU on official visit

Robert Bolden

Penn State quarterback Robert Bolden is making an official visit to LSU this weekend. Bolden has been in and out of the starting lineup for the Nittany Lions over the last couple of years, splitting time with Matt McGloin.

Bolden is a dual-threat quarterback, the exact opposite of Zach Mettenberger. If anything, Bolden could give LSU stability as Mettenberger’s backup. The 6-3, 214lb Bolden is said to really be considering transferring to LSU immediately.

If you remember, Bolden wanted to transfer after the 2011 season, and Joe Paterno would not release him. Therefore, he had to stay. So, this isn’t the first time he’s considered leaving Penn State.

Currently, Mettenberger’s backups are redshirt freshmen Jerrard Randall and Stephen Rivers, both unproven and inexperienced.

Bolden started his first career game at Penn State as a true freshman, and he has thrown for 2,045 yards and seven touchdowns but with 14 interceptions. He was a big-time prospect out of high school.

Yes, he could give LSU stability behind Mettenberger, but you have to believe Les Miles is telling Bolden he can compete for the starting job this year. Mett has yet to even start a game at LSU, so Bolden would be competing for the starting job.

Mettenberger, however, looks primed and poised for a breakout year as the Tigers’ starting quarterback.


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  • His numbers were horrible in the bowl game against Houston. But he does have some athletic ability, and what looked to be a live arm. I just can’t see Bolden getting prepared quickly to play at LSU, but, maybe his thinking is if he’s going to be a backup, he’d rather do it for a national champ-caliber program where he’ll likely get some mop-up duty.

    Based on his history of dissatisfaction at Penn State, this would be a mutually beneficial move for both programs (although it hurts Penn State’s immediate QB depth).