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Joe  Bolden


Cincinnati, Ohio

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Height / Weight:
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Joe Bolden - Ironman of the Week

Joe Bolden takes home the Ironman of the Week honors.


Joe Bolden Profile

Linebacker Joe Bolden, who recorded a career-high 10 tackles last week at Notre Dame, talks expectations, maturity, and his familiarity with U-M's next opponent Miami (Ohio).


Countdown to Kickoff - Day 18

LB Joe Bolden talks about his love for the game and what he works on day in and day out going into 2014 in's latest Countdown to Kickoff installment.


Tackles: 14 - Maryland, 2014
TFLs: 2 - twice (last: Indiana, 2014)
Sacks: 1 - 5x (last: Indiana, 2014)

At Michigan

• Four-year letterman
• Appeared in 51 games at linebacker, making 28 starts.
• 2015 Robert P. Ufer Bequest
• 2015 All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches and media)
• Butkus Award (watch list); Lott IMPACT Award (quarterfinals)

Senior (2015)
• Team Co-Captain
• Appeared in 12 games at linebacker, making 11 starts
• Surpassed the 200 career-tackle mark at Utah (Sept. 3)
• at Utah (Sept. 3): Tallied a team-best 13 tackles, including six solo stops, and one tackle for loss
• Oregon State (Sept. 12): Led the Wolverine defense with 7 tackles, including four solos; notched second career fumble recovery, returning it for 18 yards
• UNLV (Sept. 19): Picked up a team-leading six tackles, including three solo tackles
• at Maryland (Oct. 3): Recorded six total tackles and had one tackle for loss
• Northwestern (Oct. 10): Had six tackles and a quarterback hurry
• Michigan State (Oct. 17): Recorded two tackles with half a tackle for a loss
• at Minnesota (Oct. 31): Made a team-high nine tackles
• Rutgers (Nov. 7): Tallied seven tackles and a TFL
• at Indiana (Nov. 14): Contributed eight tackles and half a TFL
• at Penn State (Nov. 21): Recorded three tackles, one for a loss
• Ohio State (Nov. 28): Had a team-high nine tackles
• Florida (Jan. 1): Led the team with seven tackles, including six solos and half a TFL

Junior (2014)
• Earned third varsity letter
• Appeared in 12 games, making 12 starts
• Recorded 102 tackles, four TFLs and two sacks
• at Ohio State (Nov. 29): Tallied nine tackles and one QB hit
• Maryland (Nov. 22): Posted a career-high 14 tackles
• at Northwestern (Nov. 8): Tallied seven tackles
• Indiana (Nov. 1): Recorded nine tackles, including one sack and two TFLs
• Michigan State (Oct. 25): Posted a career-high 12 tackles
• at Rutgers (Oct. 4): Led team with 10 tackles for second straight week
• Minnesota (Sept. 27): Matched his career high with 10 tackles; Posted one sack and 1.5 TFLs
• Utah (Sept. 20): Recorded six tackles and 0.5 TFLs
• Miami (OH) (Sept. 13): Recorded a team-high seven tackles and had one pass break up
• Notre Dame (Sept. 6): Tied career high with 10 tackles
• Appalachian State (Aug. 30): Recorded five tackles.

Sophomore (2013)
• Earned second varsity letter
• U-M Athletic Academic Achievement award
• Appeared in 13 games at linebacker, making four starts
• Also contributed on special teams
• recorded 54 tackles, 4.0 TFLs and two sacks
• Kansas State (Dec. 28): Made four stops and recorded one sack
• at Ohio State (Nov. 30): Made five tackles, including first career sack
• at Michigan State (Nov. 2): Registered eight tackles
• Penn State (Oct. 12): Tallied six tackles
• at Connecticut (Sept. 21: Recorded a team best six tackles, including one for-a-loss
• Earned Meyer Morton spring award for player who showed the greatest development and most promise as a result of spring practice.

Freshman (2012)
• All-Big Ten Freshman Team
• All-Big Ten Freshman Team
• Earned first varsity letter
• Appeared in 12 games as a reserve linebacker and 13 games on special teams
• Posted 31 tackles, 16 solos, four tackles for losses, one sack and one fumble recovery
• South Carolina (Jan. 1): Posted three tackles and one TFL
• Iowa (Nov. 17): Notched six tackles, including five solos and two tackles-for-loss
• Northwestern (Nov. 10): Recorded two tackles and his first career fumble recovery
• Massachusetts (Sept. 15): Recorded first career sack for a loss of 24 yards
• Air Force (Sept. 8): Posted a career-high 10 tackles
• Alabama (Sept. 1): Made career debut as a reserve linebacker and special teams contributor

• attended Colerain High School (2011) coached by his uncle, Tom Bolden

Key Statistics
• Totaled 86 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and one interception returned for a touchdown as a senior

Honors and Rankings
• Participated in the Under Armour All-America Game and was chosen as captain
• Selected to the All-Ohio Football first team as a senior (2011)
• Was three-time all-conference first-team choice

Other Sports
• Earned three letters in baseball.

• Joseph Daniel Bolden was born August 19, 1993
• Father, Dan, played football at Hanover College
• Enrolled in the School of Kinesiology, majoring in sport management.

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