Versatile Bolden needs a big year for Ole Miss | Ole Miss Sports

Speaking of Bolden, his hometown paper says he might be the most versatile player in the SEC.

He is not only the Rebels’ leading rusher, narrowly missing 1,000 yards last season, but also their leading receiver with 32 catches last year to 30 for Melvin Harris and 29 for Ja-Mes Logan.

There’s a lot of talent in SEC backfields, though, and Bolden didn’t find a spot on the coaches’ All-SEC team in spite of the fact that there were three squads chosen.

Bolden had more rushing yards and more receiving yards than Florida’s Jeff Demps, who found his way onto the second team. Bolden had 976 rushing yards to Demp’s 551, 14 rushing touchdowns to Demp’s three and 32 catches to Demp’s 18.

Bolden also had better numbers than Auburn’s Onterio McCalebb, who made the third team.

Bolden will be at Media Days when Ole Miss makes its appearance on Friday. He’ll be joined by teammates Bradley Sowell and Kentrell Lockett.

If the Rebels are to surpass the meager expectations many have for them in 2011, Bolden will have to have another strong year.

While the Rebels collectively appear at or near the bottom of many SEC polls, the offensive line is generating a lot of attention, particularly left tackle Bradley Sowell, who was named to the Outland and Lombardi award watch lists, and Aaron Hawkins, who made the Rimington watch list for the nation’s top center.

New offensive coordinator David Lee was very clear in the spring that Ole Miss will be a run-first football team, and the line has to live up to its hype. If the guys up front are as good as advertised, a lot of pressure will be taken off an inexperienced quarterback, whether that’s Randall Mackey or Barry Brunetti.

And it will allow Bolden – who made the Doak Walker list even if he couldn’t find room on the SEC one – to do his thing too.