Rob Bolden Leaving Penn State For LSU, According To Reports

Penn State backup and once-starter quarterback Rob Bolden is transferring to LSU, according to multiple outlets, making for a high profile departure in the wake of the NCAA's decree that Nittany Lions players can leave without penalty. He won't compete for immediate playing time at LSU, as Zach Mettenberger is the clear starter there, but he does supply some experience to a depth chart spot that otherwise lacks it.

The former four-star recruit has played in 20 games, starting several, but saw his completion percentage plummet from 58 as a freshman to 39.3 last year. He's thrown 14 interceptions to only nine touchdowns, but a change of scenery and schemes could serve him well.

Assuming Bolden redshirts (since he's in the same class as LSU's starter), serious playing time could come in two years, when Mettenberger's gone. No other current LSU quarterback has significant experience of any kind, and none but Bolden will be an upperclassman. But for the time being, he's an experienced backup who's now free of lingering bad vibes, both on the field and off.

Then again, maybe he'll be used as more of a situational weapon or even a non-quarterback. He certainly has the physique (6'4, 210 pounds, 4.6ish 40-yard dash) to play receiver.

For PSU, the depth chart ramifications are not disastrous. Bill O'Brien has backed senior Matt McGloin as the starter, and the fans have a thing for sophomore backup Paul Jones. No. 3 on the depth chart Shane McGregor has little experience, but is a senior.

As you can see, Penn State site Black Shoe Diaries isn't too torn up about it:

Some of you will cheer. Some will roll your eyes at those who cheer. Some will shrug. But no matter what, it was a long and tumultuous ride for the kid from Michigan. He started as a true freshman, played well until getting hurt, but couldn't ever recover. Bolden wanted to leave after the 2010 season, but wasn't given his release. Now, a year and a half later, he may finally be able to get that fresh start he so desperately needs.

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