To Boldly Go?

Freshman quarterback Rob Bolden's father says his son intends to transfer out of Penn State. The news comes after Bolden did not see a snap in the Outback Bowl, even as starter Matt McGloin threw a record five interceptions.

TAMPA -- After starting quarterback Matt McGloin threw five interceptions in a 37-24 Outback Bowl loss to Florida Saturday, Penn State figured to have a quarterback controversy on its hands during the off-season.

Things became that much more interesting when true freshman Rob Bolden’s father told the Harrisburg Patriot-News that his son intends to transfer.

Bolden, who this year became the first true freshman to open a season as starting QB for the Nittany Lions since 1910, started eight games for PSU before being replaced by McGloin. He did not see a snap in the Outback Bowl, even as McGloin set a school record for picks in a game.

The elder Bolden, Robert, told the Patriot-News he is “100 percent sure” his son will transfer, and that, “Rob feels the same way.”

Compounding the drama: Kevin Newsome, the projected starter by man going into preseason drills, left the team prior to its trip to Tampa and is expected to transfer.

The fourth scholarship quarterback on the roster, true freshman Paul Jones, took a redshirt in 2010.

Bolden started Penn State’s first seven games before being knocked out of a road win over Minnesota with concussion symptoms. He missed the following week’s win over Michigan before returning to the starting lineup for a home game vs. Northwestern.

Bolden struggled as the Lions fell behind 21-7 and was pulled in favor of McGloin in the second quarter. McGloin led PSU to a 35-21 victory, the 400th of head coach Joe Paterno’s career, and started the rest of the season. Bolden did not see a significant snap during that period.

“Rob ended up staying out for some struggles he had,” the elder Bolden told the Patriot-News. “It wasn’t a two-way street.” McGloin was 2-3 as a starter, though two of those losses were against Big Ten co-champs Michigan State and Ohio State and the third was in the bowl.

At his season-wrap press conference Sunday, Paterno admitted he should have used Bolden more in the final few games.

“If I had to do it over again, I probably would have gotten Bolden in there,” Paterno said.

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