Rob Bolden's mood figures to be a hot topic when Penn State opens spring practice next month.
Bolden, if you recall, wanted to leave the program following the Outback Bowl. The freshman quarterback wasn't pleased about his lack of playing time after a midseason concussion and, like many, didn't understand why he didn't see the field in the bowl game after Matt McGloin kept throwing interceptions. Bolden and his father put in for a transfer from Penn State, but coach Joe Paterno wouldn't grant his release.
Ultimately, Bolden returned to Penn State for the spring semester.
How is he handling it? Is he bitter? Upset? Emboldened? Has he put the whole contentious situation behind him?
If last weekend is any indication, Bolden looks pretty happy in Happy Valley.
The quarterback joined Penn State's other freshmen and participated in a pep rally for THON, the school's massive student-run philanthropy event (world's largest). Penn State's football team won the annual dance competition and Bolden stood at the front of the stage -- he's wearing his No. 1 jersey in this video -- and showed off his moves to Sugar Hill Gang's "Apache," *NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye" and other songs.
Onward State caught up with Bolden before the competition and the quarterback seems to be having a blast, calling his first THON experience "magnificent."
Will the good vibes last when spring practice kicks off March 18? We'll have to wait and see. The quarterback competition resumes and it'll be interesting to see how Bolden handles himself, especially if things aren't going his way.
The good news for Penn State fans is the guy looks anything but miserable to still be in school. It's a favorable sign for Bolden and the Lions going forward.