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The Lions will need better and more consistent quarterback play this season if they are to contend for a Big Ten title.
Last season, heralded freshman Rob Bolden suffered behind spotty offensive line play, was injured and replaced by walk-on Matt McGloin. McGloin rallied the team towards the end of the season and gained the respect of his teammates for his scrappy play.
While McGloin exhibited tremendous heart, Bolden is simply the better talent. There was no better exhibit than McGloin's five interception performance against Florida in the Outback Bowl. McGloin's arm is simply not strong enough to play quarterback in the Big Ten.
As mentioned in the previous slide, Bolden will benefit the most from improved play by the offensive line. His development early in the season was hindered as he constantly faced a heavy rush.
It was not a good situation for a freshman quarterback to succeed. With another year experience, it will become evident that Bolden is too talented to be kept on the bench.