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Penn State Football: Quarterback Rob Bolden Back on Campus

by on May 18, 2012 4:19 PM

Updated at 7:55 p.m. May 22

A team spokesman confirmed Tuesday night that quarterback Rob Bolden is back on campus.

He is not seeking a transfer, according to a source.

Updated at 7:55 p.m. May 18

If Rob Bolden is considering leaving the Penn State football program, his high school quarterbacks coach, who maintains a close relationship with Bolden, is not aware of it.

Or he's just not saying so.

Reached by phone Friday night, Don Buchanan, Bolden's position coach at Orchard Lake St. Mary's High School in Michigan, said he has not spoken with Bolden since attending the Blue-White Game on April 21.

But Buchanan said he plans to reach out to Bolden soon upon learning of reports he is not on campus for the first set of summer classes.

"That's the first I heard of it," Buchanan said.

When the two last spoke, Buchanan said Bolden was "fired up" about the direction the program and offense was heading under first-year coach Bill O'Brien.

Earlier at 4:19 p.m.

Penn State is down two players, according to reports Friday by Lions247 and Blue-White Illustrated, both respected Penn State football websites.

Junior quarterback Rob Bolden is not on campus for the first set of summer classes, and redshirt junior cornerback Curtis Drake is not with the team because of academic reasons, according to the premium pay-for-view sections of both websites.

Their futures with the program are not known at this time. Coach Bill O’Brien is expected to release a post-spring depth chart in the coming weeks. More answers should be known by then.

Calls placed to the Bolden camp were not immediately returned. Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson neither confirmed nor denied the changes in the players' statuses.

"I don't have any personnel updates at this time," Nelson wrote in an email.

If Bolden is considering a transfer, it would not be the first time. He requested release from his scholarship following the 2010 season but had it denied by then coach Joe Paterno.

It also would not be much of a surprise. O’Brien could name his starting quarterback by the end of the month, and based on performance in the Blue-White Game, it would be stunning to see Bolden’s name top the list. His three-interception showing in the spring game did not help his cause to win the job.

And he completed just 39.3 percent of his passes last season and has thrown just seven touchdown passes and 14 interceptions in two seasons at Penn State.

Drake, who moved over to defense from wide receiver and wildcat QB this offseason, may be running out of chances.

Drake, who broke his leg twice during his career, and teammate Derrick Thomas were cited with disorderly conduct in connection with a scuffle at an off-campus apartment in Feb. 2011. Drake also was cited for disorderly conduct in the summer of 2010 after an altercation with former basketball player Taran Buie.

And all that came before a locker room fight with quarterback Matt McGloin in the Lasch Football Building in December that left McGloin with a concussion and forced him to miss the TicketCity Bowl, which Bolden started. Drake did not make the trip because of personal reasons.

Are these academic issues the last straw for Drake?

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Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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