All-Atlantic 10 Conference candidate ? Returning starter at one of the defensive tackle spots ? Experienced, physical player, who is effective at stuffing the run and rushing the passer ? Has played in 27 career games, making 23 starts.
1999: One of the starting defensive tackles for the Minutemen ? Played in all 13 games, starting 11 times ? Had 41 tackles on the season with one sack, one interception and four pass breakups ? Recorded a career-high nine tackles at Georgia Southern in the NCAA quarterfinals, including one tackle for loss ? Had four tackles and a pass breakup at Richmond ? Recorded his first career interception against Rhode Island, returning it for 23 yards, while also recording a sack for eight yards and a pass breakup ? Totaled six tackles at Maine ? Totaled six unassisted tackles and a pass breakup against Hofstra ? Made three tackles against New Hampshire in the season opener.
1998: One of UMass? starting defensive tackles, playing in 14 games with 12 starts ? Recorded 50 tackles on the season, including 29 solo stops ? Also had five sacks and five pass breakups ? Made five tackles and recovered a fumble against Georgia Southern in the NCAA championship game ? Had five tackles in NCAA semifinal win at Northwestern State, including a sack for four yards ? Totaled four tackles and a sack for three yards in NCAA first round game at McNeese State ? Made six tackles in the home game against Connecticut ? Had five tackles against Maine, including a sack for seven yards ? Made five tackles at Rhode Island, including a sack for seven yards ? Had a one-yard sack at New Hampshire ? Totaled three tackles and three pass breakups against Villanova.
Before UMass: Transferred to UMass from the University of Mississippi prior to his sophomore season ? Played prep ball for coach Frank Zarro at J.P. Stevens (N.J.) High School ? Team captain as a senior, when he totaled 70 tackles ? Earned All-County honors at tight end as a senior ? Played in the New Jersey North-South All-Star Game ? Also played basketball and ran track in high school ? Averaged 12 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior on the basketball team.
Personal: Full name is Saud Paul Bolden ? Son of Cheryl and Paul Bolden ? Born October 11, 1978 in Newark, N.J. ? Majoring in Economics.
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