View Photo Gallery: Quarterback Rob Bolden arrived on campus to learn Penn State’s penalties last week, but has now left the program.

While running back Silas Redd ponders whether to return to Penn State or transfer to another school, Rob Bolden, a Penn State backup quarterback, has left the program.

Over the weekend, Bolden visited Louisiana State, according to Because of NCAA penalties given Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, Nittany Lions players can transfer without having to sit out a season.

Zach Mettenberger is expected to be LSU’s starter, but his top backups are redshirt freshmen Stephen Rivers and Jerrard Randall. Going to LSU, a likely national championship contender again, would be a coup for Bolden, who wasn’t set to start for the Nittany Lions.

In 2010, Bolden had the glitziest of debuts at Penn State, becoming the first freshman to start a season opener in 100 years. Now, with Coach Bill O’Brien committed to starting Matt McGloin, Bolden had dropped to third on the depth chart. Overall, he’d started 16 games for PSU, completing 165 of 328 passes for 2,045 yards; he passed for seven touchdowns and was intercepted 14 times. He is a 6-foot-3, 214-pound junior from Orchard Lake, Mich.

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