Advocate file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- LSU outfielder Jared Foster

HOOVER, Ala. — LSU’s quarterback depth took another hit Monday.

LSU quarterback Rob Bolden plans to transfer, the school confirmed.

Bolden, a 6-foot-4, 209-pound senior, never played a down at LSU. He was moved to receiver during spring practice but was moved back to quarterback for fall camp. He was listed as a No. 3 quarterback in LSU’s preseason depth chart released Monday at Southeastern Conference football media days.

Bolden transferred from Penn State in 2012 following his sophomore season with the Nittany Lions. In 2010, he became the first true freshman to start at QB for Penn State in a season opener in 100 years.

He started 15 games in his first two seasons at Penn State, completing 50 percent of his passes for 2,045 yards. He threw 14 interceptions and seven touchdowns.

Bolden redshirted in 2012 after transferring to LSU, and he did not play last season. He was surpassed on the depth chart last year by Stephen Rivers and then-true freshman Anthony Jennings.

Reports have Bolden, a Michigan native, transferring to Eastern Michigan. LSU is expected to give him a full release, making him eligible this season.

Bolden is the third LSU quarterback to transfer in the past six months, joining Rivers and Hayden Rettig. Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris are expected to compete for the starting quarterback job during fall camp.

A group of walk-on quarterbacks is behind Harris and Jennings: freshman Jake Clise, junior Brad Kragthorpe and sophomore Brandon Bergeron.

That might change.

LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri has discussed with outfielder Jared Foster the possibility of the senior rejoining the football team, Mainieri said. The coach would not comment further, deferring to football coach Les Miles.

Another source said Foster, once a walk-on QB for the football team, is expected to rejoin the team as a reserve quarterback but also will play baseball.

Depth chart tweaks

Jalen Mills was missing from LSU’s depth chart released Monday, and a host of true freshmen dotted the list.

Mills, suspended after his arrest last month for second-degree battery, is not on the depth chart. A team spokesman said Mills’ status with the team — indefinitely suspended — has not changed. East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore is still deciding whether to charge Mills.

Mills has been replaced on the depth chart by sophomore Rickey Jefferson. Ronald Martin is at the other safety spot.

Several rookies made the three-deep depth chart, including the nation’s No. 1 recruit last season, Leonard Fournette (No. 3 running back). Other freshmen on the depth chart include Malachi Dupre (No. 3 receiver), Ed Paris (No. 2 cornerback), Baton Rouge native Garrett Brumfield (No. 3 left guard) and Davon Godchaux (No. 3 defensive tackle).

Collins on Lombardi list

LSU left tackle La’el Collins was named to the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list.

Collins, a 6-foot-5, 315-pound senior from Baton Rouge, is one of 123 players on the watch list for the award, presented to the nation’s best lineman or linebacker.

Past winners of the award include Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley and Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh.

Collins also is on the watch list for the Outland Trophy, along with left guard Vadal Alexander. That award goes to the nation’s best interior lineman.


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