LSU Football: Penn State QB Rob Bolden Would Be a Good Addition to the Tigers

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJuly 30, 2012

Former Penn State QB Rob Bolden
Former Penn State QB Rob BoldenJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

It's open season for poaching Penn State players and recruits, and apparently, Les Miles and Co. have their eyes on quarterback Rob Bolden.

According to Jim Kleinpeter of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, LSU hosted Bolden over the weekend and is considering adding him to the roster. Due to the NCAA sanctions recently handed down to Penn State, Bolden is eligible to transfer and play immediately.

The Altoona (Pa.) Mirror reported Sunday that Bolden had been granted a release even prior to the sanctions being handed down and was removed from the roster on Sunday.

He would be a great fit for LSU.

Tiger fans and Tiger critics will undoubtedly see Bolden's career stat line—165-for-328 (50.3%) for 2,045 yards, seven touchdowns and 14 interceptions—and cringe.

Very Jordan Jefferson-like.

But those aren't the stats that should jump out to LSU.

The only one that matters is "20," as in 20 games played.

Zach Mettenberger is the unquestioned starting quarterback at LSU in 2012, but behind him, there's a whole lot of inexperience.

As in "no experience."

The only other quarterbacks on LSU's roster are freshmen Stephen Rivers and Jerrard Randall. Freshman signee Jeremy Liggins signed with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College as he tries to get his grades in order.

Bolden was a 4-star recruit in the class of 2010, according to, and while his on-the-field results haven't been great, his combination of experience and skills make him a viable backup if he's willing to accept the role.

The thought of Bolden being a Tiger will probably make Tiger fans wary, but if he and LSU decide to get together, he would serve as a solid insurance policy behind Mettenberger.