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Bolden first Penn State player to transfer since sanctions

| Monday, July 30, 2012, 3:34 p.m.
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Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden passes during the Blue-White scrimmage at Beaver Stadium on April 21, 2012. Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review

Quarterback Rob Bolden's star-crossed Penn State career is over, and the Nittany Lions lost some depth in the secondary after the first official transfers since the NCAA levied severe sanctions against the football program.

Bolden has left the team, and the junior has visited LSU, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

He was granted permission to talk to other schools before the NCAA punished Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal.

The 6-foot-3, 214-pounder started 16 games over the past two seasons but slipped to No. 3 on the depth chart following spring practice.

Safety Tim Buckley joined Bolden in leaving the program, transferring to North Carolina State, according to the school's official website.

Buckley is from Raleigh, where N.C. State is based, and he had been listed as the backup to starting free safety Malcolm Willis on the depth chart Penn State released in June.

A handful of Penn State players are mulling transferring, including running back Silas Redd and outside linebacker Mike Hull.

The start of preseason practice less than a week away.

Redd, who rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last season, met with Southern Cal coach Lane Kiffin last Wednesday in Connecticut. The junior visited USC over the weekend and still was in Los Angeles on Monday, according to multiple reports.

Hull visited Pitt over the weekend. The Canon-McMillan graduate, who has three years of eligibility remaining, played in every game last season and recorded 18 tackles and blocked a kick.

The deadline for players to transfer and still be eligible this season is Aug. 27, the first day of fall semester classes at Penn State. The football team will have a meeting Tuesday.

Bolden's departure wasn't a surprise.

The former four-star recruit tried to transfer after his freshman season, but former Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno didn't release him from his scholarship. The Michigan native completed less than 40 of his passes with seven interceptions and just two touchdowns last season while sharing time at quarterback with Matt McGloin.

McGloin won the starting job after an open competition in the spring, and coach Bill O'Brien tabbed Sto Rox's Paul Jones as Penn State's No. 2 quarterback.

Scott Brown is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at sbrown@tribweb.com.

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