It appears likely that Penn State will have a new starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against Michigan as freshman Rob Bolden suffered a concussion in last week’s game against Minnesota and is questionable at best.
Bolden was injured after he was tackled near the sideline in the second quarter when he was brought down by Minnesota’s Mike Rallis for no gain. Matt McGloin came in for Bolden and threw for two touchdowns, while Kevin Newsome got six snaps under center. Coach Joe Paterno called Bolden “a question mark” and said, if he had to guess, Bolden won’t play. But he didn’t say whether McGloin, a former walk-on, or Newsome, who originally committed to Michigan, would start – only that there would be an “open competition.”
Prior to his injury, Bolden completed 11 of 13 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown — a 21-yarder to wideout Brett Brackett. Bolden’s mother has an opinion on the matter.
“I think it’s best for him if they sit him down this week,” she said. “Hopefully, he can play next week [against Northwestern].”
Penn State has struggled mightily this season, with the 33-21 win over the Gophers as their first Big Ten victory after opening conference play with losses to Iowa and Illinois.
Michigan, meanwhile, opened the season 5-0 but has dropped back-to-back games to Michigan State and Iowa. The Wolverines were off last week. A victory Saturday would make UM bowl-eligible for the first time under Coach Rich Rodriguez. Wolverines QB Denard Robinson said he was 100 percent healthy with the week off to rest a few nagging injuries.
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