In his Monday presser, Miami Hurricanes Head Coach Manny Diaz broke the news that Safety Bubba Bolden is out for the year.
Diaz says Bubba Bolden will be out for the rest of the 2019 season.— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) November 4, 2019
Though Diaz did not offer any further details regarding Bolden’s injury, it was clear to see that he was hurt while celebrating his 3rd quarter interception against the Florida State Seminoles last weekend. After colliding with fellow S Gruvan Hall, Bolden landed awkwardly on his right leg, and limped off the field. Bolden was later seen being helped into the locker room and did not return to the game.
UPDATE: Bolden took to social media to thank the fans for their support. And, in the picture, you can see the walking cast on his right ankle which is where he sustained the season-ending injury.
I remain coolie under any pressure. Can’t let somethin you can’t control, control you. Strong minded! Thank you to everyone for reaching out and sending prayers love my Canes and love the fans. Let’s get after Louisville this week #TNM #21 #B.BOLD pic.twitter.com/mPuXNcXZXb— B. BOLD (@BubbBolden) November 4, 2019
Losing Bolden is a big blow for the Canes defense, but not one that can’t be overcome. Miami has solid depth at Safety with Gurvan Hall, Amari Carter, and Robert Knowles. There could be the potential that freshman Keontra Smith sees time in the secondary now with Bolden out due to injury.
After sitting out the first 4 games of the year due to eligibility issues with the NCAA, Bolden accumulated 11 tackles, 1 PBU, 1 Forced fumble, and 1 interception in the last 5 games for the Canes. He was really starting to become an impact player for Miami, creating turnovers in each of the last 2 games against Pitt and FSU.
It sucks that Bolden got injured while celebrating making a big play in a rivalry game, but that’s just how things go sometimes. We wish Bubba Bolden a full and complete recovery from his injury.
This piece will be updated when further details are available.