LSU football players reported to campus Wednesday morning for the start of preseason camp, minus one quarterback but having added another.
Former Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden was on the 105-man roster LSU released to the media Wednesday. Bolden is eligible to play immediately, per an NCAA ruling as part of its sanctions last month against the Penn State football program.
LSU coach Les Miles said Bolden, who was recruited by the Tigers out of high school when he signed with Penn State in 2010, said the junior signal caller approached LSU when he was looking for a place to play even before the NCAA sanctions were handed out.
Miles said Bolden fills a backup quarterback void left by 2012 LSU signee Jeremy Liggins, who was academically ineligible and is set to play this fall for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Bolden will be fighting it out with LSU’s other reserve quarterbacks, redshirt freshmen Stephen Rivers and Jerrard Randall.
Bolden, who will have three years to complete his final two seasons of eligibility, will wear No. 1, same as junior safety Eric Reid.
Two other newcomers – freshman wide receiver Avery Johnson and junior college offensive lineman Fehoko Fanaika – did not report Tuesday, Miles said. Johnson, younger brother of former LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, is awaiting a test score, while Fanaika is awaiting a grade.
LSU begins two-a-day practices Thursday.