Freshman Tavon Bolden 6'2" 205 lbs. 4.4 forty, has been working at both safety positions, and stopped by after practice for a visit.
Bolden talked about getting some live action during the early bowl practices. "It's a great thing for the young guys, as far as myself, to get out there and go against some of the older guys that have been playing this season, and show what we can do, and still get better at the same time. So, it's a blessing to finally have this time to show out............ I'm having a lot of fun! You got to have fun in football, or it wouldn't be something you'd want to do."
Tavon responded to my question about his having mastered the mental part of playing safety. "I feel pretty comfortable about the mental aspect. Now, we're out here going full speed, and we're able to tackle, and go full out with everyone else."
Bolden said that he's been getting bigger, and wants to be at 210 lbs. by spring ball, and would like to get up to 215-220. If he would get big enough, around 225-230, he could move to OLB, but he said that he's not sure he'll be able to get that big "anytime soon".
That's something that will be determined as time goes along, but for now, Bolden enjoys playing safety. I think we'll come to view him as a real hitter. Standing next to him, he's about the same height and frame as Zaviar Gooden, although certainly not as muscularly developed. Time will tell, but it's easy to see how the staff might view him as a potential OLB.
Watching him out on the field, he appears to be a pretty physical player, and is clearly an impressive physical specimen. He's very enthusiastic, and appears to be having fun out there on the field, and with his teammates.
Bolden's looking forward to the Texas Bowl. He said, "I'm originally from Houston. Reliant Stadium's like 15 minutes away. It's a nice thing to be able to go home."
Bolden, and fellow freshman Matt White, are two of five returning safeties heading into spring ball. Recently committed Kenronte Walker, an expected mid-year transfer, will be included in the secondary mix for spring, as well.