Slade Bolden discusses dropped TD in Florida game: 'It's not like me'
Slade Bolden was wide open in the end zone in the third quarter of Saturday’s game at Florida.
The pass from Bryce Young hit him in the hands and … the normally reliable Bolden dropped it.
It was one of the worst drops you’ll see:
The Slade Bolden TD drop in the end zone pic.twitter.com/cdl6LrWP8N
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But, Bolden isn’t letting it get him down. He appreciated the opportunity to speak about it on Tuesday with reporters.
He said the play was a total fluke and he had to quickly move on to not let it affect the rest of his game (per AL.com):
“Working on receiving and catching is one of the biggest things I take pride in,” Bolden said. “I’m always trying to catch everything that’s around me, and it’s not like me to drop a ball, but it happens. I’m not perfect in football and just in life, it happens. I was able to just once that happened, just to go on to the next play.”
“What is the next thing that I can do to help the team? And also what’s the next opportunity that may present itself and take advantage of it? And I was able to have coaches and teammates be able to keep me from getting too down on myself, which I knew from jump as soon as it happened to forget about it.”
He said he appreciated that the coaches left him in the game so he could atone for his mistake:
“I believe that they know exactly what kind of skill sets I bring and attributes that I bring,” Bolden said. “And dropping one pass or a pass at all, it’s not like me. So you know I felt like it was good that they kept me in because you know for any other players you want to keep playing that guy or whoever to you know, if you’re a receiver or quarterback, to keep pressing on. That way they build more confidence. But just like with that being said, I mean I dropped the ball. It is what it is. Move on to the next play.”
Alabama still scored a touchdown on the drive and went on to win the game, so Bolden’s drop didn’t hurt the team. You can bet he’ll work hard to make sure it doesn’t happen again, though.