Kyle Bolin made the decision to transfer to the Scarlet Knights last April. After seeing the Louisville starting job go to the young talent Lamar Jackson, the quarterback chose to play his fifth year at a different university.
I'm proud to say my next home will be at Rutgers University. #TheHunt is on.— Kyle Bolin (@k_bolin9) April 26, 2017
Since then, Bolin has been able to make good on the little time he’s had at his new school. Before being named starter, the quarterback showed he commanded a solid role on the team by earning one of the four captian spots. His ability to be voted in as captain in just a few months should speak volumes of his leadership and commitment to the 2017 season.
When speaking to the media on Monday, Ash told reporters they were “really happy with the leadership Kyle has brought to our football team”. The coach also touched on the graduate transfer’s long road, saying the quarterback brings a “wealth of experience.”
The veteran was able to beat out solid competition while at camp in true freshman Johnathon Lewis and returning starter Gio Rescigno. Rescigno, who started the final five games of the 2016 season, seemed to be the go-to option before Bolin joined the team. Though Lewis’ athleticism and college-ready build breeds an exciting option for a team on a bounce back, it would be more practical to have the freshman develop for a year before taking on Big Ten defenses.
Bolin is in good hands. Coach Ash has familiarity with the quarterback transfer situation, and may have picked up the recipe for success after being a part of Russell Wilson’s development at Wisconsin in 2011.
“Everything has been very, very similar to what I did at Louisville.” Bolin said when asked about the transition. “I feel extremely comfortable running this offense.”
New offensive coordinator Jerry Kill’s spread/pro-style offense will feature some exciting tools to play around with. Do-it-all man Janarion Grant will make his return following a 2016 cut short by injury, and the Mitchell brothers (if Ahmir’s injury timetable is correct) should feature a new and exciting component to the passing game. Senior Robert Martin provides dependability in the run game alongside power pickup Gus Edwards from Miami. There is much anticipated talent in young additions like Bo Melton. All in all, Bolin is not shorthanded when it comes to weapons.
The Louisville transfer is one of many Scarlet Knights whose potential is there, with a chance to finally display their abilities in the 2017 season.
Rutgers will open its season a week from today (Sept. 1st) at home against Washington, with Bolin leading The Hunt.
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