- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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He just might not stay there after spring ball.
The quarterback continues to enjoy his freshman year, his teammates and fun campus events. After participating in THON last weekend, Bolden attended an Uplifting Athletes event Sunday. He has been breaking down game tape with former Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark, who moved back to State College after a season in the CFL.
All seems well in Bolden's world.
But asked about his long-term future with Penn State, Bolden left the door open.
“There is no definite answer on if I'm gonna stay or if I'm gonna leave,” Bolden said. “We're just gonna wait it out, see what happens in the spring and go from there.”
Bolden requested his release from the team after the Outback Bowl, but coach Joe Paterno didn't grant it and Bolden returned to Penn State for the start of the spring term. The quarterback is focused on his game, telling FightOnState.com, "I need to work on everything. My whole game needs to be bumped up."
The big question with Bolden is how he responds if things don't go his way in the spring. If he feels he's not being given a fair shot to win the starting job -- a sentiment he felt during the second half of the 2010 season -- it would be hard to see him sticking around in State College. But what if he struggles or another quarterback (Matt McGloin, Paul Jones) simply plays better? How will Bolden react? Will he only want to stay if he's tabbed the starter after spring ball?
Give this kid credit. A lot of players in his situation would pout and remove themselves from the normal offseason team routine. Bolden continues to be a big part of the squad and remains focused on his future. Although he's not committing to Penn State beyond the spring, he seems like he wants things to work out.
Should be an interesting spring for Bolden and the Lions.