ASU CB Bolden gets extra year of eligibility

Arizona State cornerback Omar Bolden has been granted an extra year of eligibility by the Pac-10 due to injury hardship.

Bolden, who made 22 consecutive starts before getting hurt, will play next fall as a redshirt junior instead of a true senior.

Bolden hurt his hamstring in the the second game of the 2009 season and played a limited role in game three at Georgia. He then injured his knee during practice and missed the remaining nine games.

The Sun Devils lost three of the four players who started the season finale against Arizona, but they could be fairly solid in the secondary in 2010.

Along with Bolden, junior free safety Clint Floyd returns, as does cornerback Deveron Carr, who started three games but will miss spring after shoulder surgery. Redshirt freshman cornerback Osahon Irabor was a candidate to start last fall until he got hurt and redshirted. Sophomore strong safety Keelan Johnson started one game last year and saw significant playing time.