Bolden will get the first crack at Indiana State on Saturday.
While it's been established that Penn State will play both of its quarterbacks on Saturday in the season opener against Indiana State, head coach Joe Paterno had been reluctant to name a starter for the game.
Multiple team sources have informed Lions247.com that a decision came down on Thursday, and it was communicated to both participants in the competition that sophomore quarterback Rob Bolden will get the start against the Sycamores over junior Matt McGloin.
Both players split reps throughout the preseason, and Joe Paterno said on the Nittany Lion Hotline radio segment on Thursday evening that both should get equal time on Saturday.
Paterno expressed confidence in both quarterbacks at his Tuesday press conference.
"Both those kids have done really well in spring practice and both worked hard this summer, stayed up here this summer, worked with the guys, and they have been real good in pre-season," he said. "I'm not a guy that likes to play two quarterbacks. But I think we'll play both of them. We'll play both of them. They both are ready to play and they're both as I said, they've done everything we've asked them to do. And both of them continue to contribute to the football team and get us ready to play as well as we can offensively and so we'll play both."
Bolden started the season opener a year ago against Youngstown State and started the first seven games of the season a year ago. He also started against Northwestern after sitting out against Michigan following a concussion against Minnesota.
He completed 112 of 193 passes for 1,360 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. Bolden finished the year with a 118.5 efficiency rating.