LSU backup QB Rob Bolden plans to transfer, source says

Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling. -- Rob Bolden plans to transfer from LSU. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling. -- Rob Bolden plans to transfer from LSU.

HOOVER, Ala. – The depth for LSU at quarterback took another hit Monday.

LSU receiver and quarterback Rob Bolden plans to transfer, the school confirmed.

Bolden, a 6-foot-4, 209-pound senior, never played a down at LSU. He was moved to receiver during spring practice, but was listed as a No. 3 quarterback in LSU’s preseason depth chart released Monday.

Bolden transferred to LSU from Penn State in 2012 following his sophomore season with the Nittany Lions. He became the first true freshman to start at QB for Penn State in a season opener in 100 years in 2010.

He started 15 games in his first two seasons at PSU, completing 50 percent of his passes for 2,045 yards. He threw 14 interceptions and seven touchdowns.

Bolden redshirted in 2012 after transferring to LSU, and he did not play last season. He was surpassed on the depth chart last year by Stephen Rivers and then-true freshman Anthony Jennings.

Reports have Bolden, a Michigan native, transferring to Eastern Michigan. LSU is expected to give him a full release, making him eligible this season.

Bolden is the third LSU quarterback to transfer over the last six months, joining Rivers and Hayden Rettig. Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris are expected to compete for the starting quarterback job during fall camp.

A group of walk-on quarterbacks is behind Harris and Jennings: freshman Jake Clise, junior Brad Kragthorpe and sophomore Brandon Bergeron.

That might change.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri has discussed with outfielder Jared Foster the possibility of the senior rejoining the football team, Mainieri said. The coach would not comment further, deferring to football coach Les Miles.

Another source said that Foster, once a walk-on QB for the football team, is expected to rejoin the football team as a reserve quarterback but also will play baseball.

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