Penn State released he 2011 spring roster on Tuesday and at this point there are no significant roster notes to alarm fans. Quarterbacks Rob Bolden and Kevin Newsome were both listed on the spring roster, which was expected as both players are currently enrolled and on campus after a rumor-filled off-season.
Bolden has made to statement to the media assuring that he will be in State College when the fall comes but has sated that while he is on Penn State’s campus he will be a Nittany Lion. Bolden and his father made it clear to Joe Paterno that they wanted to be released form a scholarship to allow Bolden to transfer to another program. Paterno’s decisions to not put Bolden back in the starting lineup after suffering a concussion during the season upset the Boldens. Matt McGloin remained the starter for the last few games of the season and played the entire Outback Bowl despite throwing five interceptions in the loss to Florida.
Paterno rejected the request to be freed from his scholarship, setting the tone for an interesting winter. Bolden has been asked by the media multiple times where he will be in the fall but has continued to state that he is evaluating his options. Penn State remains one of the options and his performance in the spring may be the determining factor. If Bolden can show that he has improved and is capable of running the offense this spring, and has a solid showing in the Blue White Game, then the chances that Bolden remains at Penn State figure to increase. If Bolden feels that he is a leading candidate for the starting job over McGloin, Newsome and Paul Jones then the question will be if Bolden has a change of heart.
Newsome was also rumored to be leaving the program. Newsome was projected by many to be the incumbent starter after the graduation of Daryll Clark but he failed to show the coaching staff he had what it took to win the starting job in spring and summer camps. Bolden, a true freshman, was named the starter for the 2011 season opener against Youngstown State and Newsome played sparingly in back-up duty. Newsome, a Virginia native, was thought to be gone after the season but he returned to Penn State’s campus this semester and it remains unknown what he will decide to do for the fall.
You can view the 2011 roster as provided by Penn State here.
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