Over the past few days there have been several reports that Sophomore quarterback Rob Bolden has returned to campus for summer workouts and is taking classes the second summer session in Happy Valley. While neither of these pieces of evidence necessarily disprove any 11th hour transfers Bolden has planned, it seems more than likely that he’ll be seen on the sidelines at Beaver Stadium come this fall.
But what does that mean? We’ll assume for the sake of argument that Bolden’s return to town means he is here to stay and that any plans he had to transfer in the very least have been put on hold. If that is in fact the case, it would suggest that Bolden feels he’s in a good position to win back his starting job against Matt McGloin. It doesn’t mean that the job is his yet, but if he is sticking it out, it lends us to believe he feels he’s got a pretty good shot.This was a somewhat expected turn of events though, for as much as the team has responded to Matt McGloin’s world renowned moxie, Bolden brings a lot more tools to the table and had to beat McGloin in the first place to win the starting job last season. If Bolden comes to camp with a better mindset, and a year of practice under his belt, there isn’t any reason to think he can’t do it again.
Starting the first seven games and eight games overall last season, Bolden completed 112 of 193 passes for 1,360 yards, with five touchdown passes and seven interceptions. While it is agreed that the young quarterback has room for improvement, the numbers Bolden has put up against very solid competition gives most Nittany Lion fans reason to look forward to a bright future.
Plus, Rob needs his wings.