Joe Bolden
Bolden playing for Michigan in 2012
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Date of birth: (1993-08-19) August 19, 1993 (age 26)
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 232 lb (105 kg; 16 st 8 lb)
Career history
High school: Colerain (OH)
Career highlights and awards

Joseph Daniel Bolden (born August 19, 1993) is an American football linebacker who is a former player for the Michigan Wolverines football team.[1]

High school careerEdit

Bolden was born in 1993 and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, attending Colerain High School.[2] He verbally committed to the University of Michigan in April 2011.[3] He was selected as a first-team All-Ohio player in 2011 and played in the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game.[2]

College careerEdit

As a freshman during the 2012 season, Bolden appeared in 13 games on special teams and 12 games as a backup at the linebacker position. At the end of the season, he was named to the All-Big Ten Conference freshman teams selected by and As a sophomore in 2013, Bolden appeared in 13 games as a linebacker and was a starter in four games.[2]

During the 2014 season, Bolden was Michigan's second leading tackler with 102 tackles, including 55 solo tackles.[4]

In April 2015, Bolden was placed on the watch list for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.[4][5] He was selected as a co-captain of the 2015 Michigan team.[6] During the 2015 season, Bolden led Michigan with 83 total tackles.[7]

NFL careerEdit

Bolden went undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft.[8][9] Bolden subsequently tried out with the Washington Redskins during rookie mini-camp.

Coaching careerEdit

In 2017, Bolden joined the Washington State Cougars football coaching staff.[10]


  1. Mark Snyder (August 3, 2015). "Michigan LB Joe Bolden a sure bet amid uncertainty". Detroit Free Press.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Joe Bolden Bio". CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  3. "Ohio linebacker Joe Bolden is Michigan football team's seventh commitment for 2012 class". April 29, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mark Snyder (April 20, 2015). "U-M linebacker Joe Bolden makes Lott Trophy watch list". Detroit Free Press.
  5. Nick Baumgardner (April 20, 2015). "Michigan's Joe Bolden makes Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list".
  6. Mike Dyer (August 28, 2015). "Colerain's Joe Bolden named Michigan team captain". Cincinnati Enquirer.
  7. "2015 Michigan Football: Michigan Overall Individual Statistics (as of Jan 01, 2016) All games". University of Michigan. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  8. Max Cohen (March 18, 2016). "Michigan's Bolden guarantees he'll make NFL roster". Detroit Free Press.
  9. Mike Dyer (April 15, 2016). "Former Michigan and Colerain standout Joe Bolden preparing for NFL". WCPO Cincinnati.

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