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Scouting Robert Bolden: LSU Receives Mixed Bag From Penn State

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Robert Bolden has played against LSU rival Alabama in both of his seasons with Penn State.Robert Bolden has played against LSU rival Alabama in both of his seasons with Penn State.

Former Penn State starting quarterback Robert Bolden has come LSU from Penn State.

The 6-foot-3, 205 pound true junior will need to tack on more bulk to his tall frame. He attended St. Mary’s Prep School (Mich.) and had scholarship offers from Oregon, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, and Nebraska.

Despite problems with accuracy, Bolden has good mechanics and decent fundamentals. His techniques are good with solid footwork and an over-the-top delivery. He shows some ability to escape the pass rush in the pocket and can throw on the run. He is an effective ball handler, has a strong enough arm and can put touch on his throws when needed.

Physical tools and understanding of the game are not lacking for Bolden. But he has been very inconsistent on the college level and is not an accurate passer. He makes too many bad decisions, forces the ball into traffic and throws bad interceptions. Decision making is his biggest negative. He does have some experience and if the LSU coaches can work with him, he may have a chance.

I know LSU sees bolden as an insurance policy right away due to his experience, but if he has to play in 2012, I think he will struggle against tough SEC competition.

Bolden will be eligible immediately as part of a waiver granted by the NCAA to Penn State players and will have two years of eligibility. The Tigers have no quarterback experience behind Mettenberger; redshirt freshman Stephen Rivers and Jerrard Randall have not thrown a pass in a real game.

Bolden has played 20 college games with 16 starts, but his stats are not impressive, he was a 58 percent passer in 2010 as true freshman with five touchdowns and seven picks before disasterous 2011 results (39 percent passer with two touichdowns and seven INTs). Maybe LSU quarterback coach Steven Kragthorpe will help him polish his game.

At least Bolden knows what it is like to play against LSU's current biggest SEC threat, Alabama. He went 13-of-29 for 144 yards (44 percent) and two interceptions in Tuscaloosa in 2010 as true freshman making his second career start and then went 11-of-29 (38 percent) for 144 yards and an interception in a home loss to the Crimson Tide last season.

I guess this move shows how concerned the LSU staff is about the lack of quarterback depth on the roster. Even Mettenberger has not had a lot of game experience but has all the physical tools to excel.


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