Spring 2011 Team Most Improved Safety
Outstanding athletic talent who is back in the program after a year hiatus ... has the ability to challenge for a starting spot and he'll begin spring camp listed third on the depth chart at strong safety...
Sat out the 2011 season ... Prior to that, had a solid 2011 spring camp, where he was named the team's most improved safety...
Made his mark for the Tigers as a redshirt freshman, and was a key player on special teams, primarily on the kickoff coverage unit ... Made appearances in all 13 games and ended with 14 total tackles in all ... Saw first collegiate action in season opener against Illinois, recording one tackle ... Added one tackle in each of the next two games and recorded three stops against Miami (Ohio) ... Had a tackle against Texas A&M and Oklahoma ... Made one stop in the Texas Tech game and added a tackle against Kansas State ... Recorded a pair of tackles vs. Iowa State and had one in the regular season finale against Kansas.
Redshirted in his first season in the Tiger program.
ESPN.com ranked him as the nation's No. 64 prep safety prospect, and said he has all of the tools to be a very good college defender - size, speed, agility, ball skills, range and instincts ... That outlet also said he shows toughness and aggressiveness on run support ... Was a First-Team All-District selection as a senior in 2008 after he had 30 tackles and a fumble recovery ... Also averaged just under 25 yards on kickoff returns ... Also played a little receiver, and had four catches in 2008 for 123 yards and two touchdowns, good for a whopping 30.8 yards per catch average ... A good all-around athlete who has also lettered for his school in the sports of basketball and track and field ... High school coach - Bob Jones.
Parents - Thomas & Carol Bolden ... Is pursuing a degree in sports management at Mizzou ... Lists hobbies as playing basketball ... Chose Mizzou over Oklahoma State, Boston College, California and Houston, among others.