Former Penn State and LSU player Rob Bolden has announced he will transfer once again, this time he leaves the Beaux Bengals for the Eagles of Eastern Michigan to play under new head coach Chris Creighton. Bolden played QB at Penn State and switched to WR while with LSU.
Bolden is originally from Orchard Lake, Michigan where he played at Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep ranking as a 4 star prospect coming out of high school in 2010. Bolden originally committed to Penn state while also having offers from Nebraska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Missouri, Virginia Tech, Purdue and more.
On the move
As a true freshman Bolden was the starting QB at Penn State for 2 years. After the scandal at PSU, Bolden bolted for the Beaux to play for Les Miles and the Tigers. He sat out the 2012 season, and switched to the WR position for the 2013 season where he saw no playing time. In the 2014 spring game Bolden caught for 37 yards but wasn't expected to get much playing time in the 2014 season.
The 6'4 210 pound Bolden will be eligible to play immediately for the 2014 season at Eastern Michigan, after graduating from LSU with a degree. At EMU he will likely switch back to being a QB, but will keep an open mind about the WR position.
As a dual threat QB Bolden will likely fit in with the new system at Eastern Michigan. New head coach Chris Creighton is going into his first year as coach of the Eagles and plans on running a no huddle offense, and having a dual threat QB was a much needed addition. Creighton does want to do what he thinks will be best to help his team and will conform to the talent of the players he currently has. So with a no huddle offense that will likely be "flexible" with the type of plays they will run, it seems like a good fit for Bolden.
This is a good problem to have if your Coach Creighton. Now the Eagles have two 4 star QB's on their roster there is undoubtedly a QB competition in Ypsilanti. The other QB is Brogan Roback who started as a true freshman toward the end of the season last year.
Roback who's a 6'4, 205 pound QB out of Toledo, Ohio where he played at St. Johns High School looked to return as the starter at EMU, but will have his work cut out for him as a sophomore. This could be a learning tool for the young QB, but it will also push him even more to get that starting job.
Bolden will only play one year at EMU because of eligibility, but we could see both Bolden and Roback on the field throughout the 2014 season. Roback also proved he can be a dual threat QB last season with his ability to scramble on broken plays, but is known for having a strong arm.
There is also a chance that Roback does remain the starter and Bolden remains a WR as he was at LSU. Why not put all your talent on the field at once? EMU could do a lot with this tandem on offense. With the athletic ability we could see some trick plays if Bolden were to remain a WR.
EMU looking dangerous
The way the EMU offense is coming together, we could see one of the most deadly offenses in the Mid-American Conference in the upcoming season.
At QB the Eagles have Brogan Roback, an all around good QB with a great arm. Reggie Bell, a QB with a lot of speed, and now Rob Bolden a big dual threat QB with experience. But it doesn't stop there because look at the RB situation as well. Eastern Michigan returns all of their RB's from last season like Bronson Hill who's on the CFPA watch list this season, Ryan Brumfield a quick RB with good field vision, and Darius Jackson a huge power running back.
The wide receiver position is very deep this season in Ypsilanti. It consist's of returning players like Dustin Creel, Kris Strange, Quincy Jones, David Gibson, Ty Allen, and Jay Jones. Then the talented younger players and transfers like the 6'6 transfer Jesse Tate, as well as Kenny Jones, Austin Stone, and more. At tight end the Eagles have Tyreese Russell who's on the John Mackey Award watch list. He's also got some help from the 6'5 260 pound TE in Cole Gardner.
The biggest question comes from the offensive line. There is a lot of potential here and it all starts with the big boys up front. There is a ton of returning talent like Lincoln Hansen a senior captain who's on the Lombardi Award watch list. As well as seniors Campbell Allison, and Bobby McFadden. Then they also have help from guys like Hurcombe, Collins, Erbes, Thronton, and Terrell, all with game experience.
There are still a lot of questions about the 2014 Eastern Michigan Eagles, after back-to-back 2-10 seasons and a first year head coach in Chris Creighton, but it will be interesting to see what Creighton has in store for Eastern Michigan.