EMU football team lands highly touted transfer

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After reports surfaced earlier this week, the Eastern Michigan University athletic department officially announced the transfer of Rob Bolden from Louisiana State University late Friday afternoon. He will be eligible for the 2014 season.

The Orchard Lake, Mich. native was originally recruited by Penn State University prior to the 2010 season. He played 20 games in two seasons as a Nittany Lion – starting 15 of them as a quarterback.

Bolden transferred to LSU before the 2012 season, where he redshirted immediately. He did not play last season and switched from quarterback to wide receiver this spring.

“We are excited about Rob joining our football family,” football coach Chris Creighton said in a news release. “We knew he was very talented but we wanted to get to know who he was as a person and potential teammate. It didn’t take long to figure out that he is our kind of guy. We are glad he is now an Eagle and that he will finish his career back in Southeast Michigan.”

Bolden said he was excited to play his final college season at home.

“I am happy to be home with a new start and look to make my final year special,” Bolden said. “I appreciate the opportunity that Coach Creighton is giving me and look forward to an exciting season. The support of my family has been tremendous throughout the entire process and I thank them all for that. I look forward to seeing all the fan support for our team at ‘The Factory’ in August.”

He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from LSU this past spring.

Bolden is expected to compete for the starting quarterback job with sophomore and incumbent starter Brogan Roback and redshirt freshman Brandon Brossard – a 3-star recruit from Eagleville, Pa.

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