Penn St. quarterback to transfer to LSU

Former Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden breaks the tackle of Temple’s Justin Gildea on a run for a first down. PHOTO BY CRAIG HOUTZ/CENTRE DAILY TIMES /MCT.

After rumors circulated for a week, former Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden has told LSU coaches he will report to the Tigers’ first practice on Wednesday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Tuesday, citing an anonymous source close to the situation.

Bolden was released from his scholarship even before the NCAA’s sanctions against the school were levied. Bolden was not on the most recent Penn St. roster released last week.

Bolden has been attempting to transfer since after the 2011 season, but coach Joe Paterno refused to release him from his scholarship.

Bolden, a 6’3 native of Michigan, completed 165 of 328 passes for 2,045 yards with seven touchdowns and 14 interceptions in his two seasons at Penn State. He is a former 4-star recruit and was Rivals’ No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the 2010 class.

Last season, Bolden started the first seven games while splitting snaps with Matt McGloin, who took over as the full-time starter in the eighth game.

LSU starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger is the only non-freshman on the LSU squad. Stephen Rivers and Jerrard Randall have never taken a snap in a college game. Bolden will provide depth and perhaps a change of pace running quarterback for Les Miles to use.