After Jeremy Liggins failed to qualify academically in time for the start of camp, the current 2012 LSU roster has three quarterbacks.
While it has already been established that junior Zach Mettenberger will start for the Bayou Bengals on September 1st
when LSU faces North Texas, the backup QBs are Stephen Rivers, younger brother of San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers and Jerrand Randall, who Rivals once labeled as a dual-threat QB coming out of high school.
So if you’re keeping track at home, LSU has three quarterbacks, one upperclassman and two redshirt freshmen as backups.
In other words, a razor thin depth chart from an experience standpoint.
On Sunday, it was reported that Rob Bolden, a Michigan native that had over 2,000 yards passing during his two seasons at Penn State, made his official visit to Death Valley hours after the Penn State website removed his name from the official football roster.
Aside from the 2,000-plus yards that Bolden accumulated in Happy Valley, the two glaring numbers that people point out are the total of interceptions against the number of touchdowns thrown by Bolden.
In two seasons as PSU’s on again-off again quarterback, Bolden threw for 14 interceptions against seven touchdowns.
According to the website cfbstats.com, the best game that he had from a statistical standpoint was his first game against Youngstown State in 2010 when he threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns.
His best game against a Big 10 opponent?
212 yards passing against Iowa in a 24-3 loss in 2010.
So Bolden doesn’t bring anything to the table statistically.
What he does bring is game experience, something that both Randall and Rivers don’t have, playing in 20 games over the last two seasons.
Not only that, Bolden has a chance to play for a national and conference championship, something that is deemed impossible in Happy Valley due to the sanctions the NCAA slapped Penn State with.
The one thing that college football players want to play for once they enter college is a championship as well as a shot at the NFL.
If Bolden stays in Happy Valley and play for what essentially will be an independent without a bowl trip to celebrate a year of hard work, what will that accomplish?
It’s cute to rattle off stats like phone numbers.
But at the end of the day championships matter.