Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
Most fans had huge expectations for Bolden as a freshman. Rumors even arose about him possibly stealing the starting job away from Kenny Demens.
When Demens struggled through the first few games, that rumor almost came to fruition. However, Kenny then began to play the best ball of his career, causing Bolden to see less and less time.
Even though Bolden isn't playing as much as he was early on, it's actually a good thing. It means that the starting linebackers have stepped up their game in a big way.
Preseason expectations may have been a bit high for Bolden. Both he and Ross are going to be studs at the position eventually, but will likely have to bide their time behind the current starters.
This may not be fair, but calling Bolden a disappointment so far is a blessing disguise because the men playing in front of him have stepped up their game tremendously.
Verdict: Below Expectations