Also, Jerry Roberts will join another former MAC linebacker at his next school.
Roland Walder, Bowling Green’s starting defensive end who wore a single digit (9), hit the transfer portal yesterday.
Walder, a Dayton, Ohio kid from Trotwood-Madison HS, started out his college career at Kentucky in 2016, but transferred to BG in 2017. He started three of seven games played in 2018 when Mike Jinks was still the head coach, played 11 games in 2019, and then was a full-year starter in 2020. As a redshirt-senior, Walder recorded 22 total tackles, 5.5 for loss (led team), 2 sacks (tied for lead with Karl Brooks), and 1 forced fumble.
Walder has one year of eligibility left to play, thanks to the pandemic.
With this latest change, BGSU is now down three defensive starters to the transfer portal. Cornerback Caleb Biggers is still on the market with [public] offers from UConn and Boise State, and one linebacker actually finalized his next move.
JERRY ROBERTS PICKS ARIZONA
Jerry Roberts, a now-former BG linebacker that hit the portal in late January, picked Arizona as his next destination. Roberts was a two-star prospect out of high school (Erie, Pa. / Cathedral Prep) and №73 ranked prospect in the state of Pennsylvania in 2017. Bowling Green was the one and only school to offer him a scholarship at the time, but now Arizona’s new head coach Jedd Fisch is taking his chances on Roberts.
Roberts started 15 of 16 games over the last two seasons under Scot Loeffler, and was third on the team with 32 tackles in 2020. In 2019, Roberts was third on the team with 60 tackles (33 solo), fourth with 6.5 TFL, and had 1.5 sacks as well.
Arizona is also the school where Treshaun Hayward, the 2019 MAC Defensive Player of the Year linebacker from Western Michigan, ended up after he hit the transfer portal this offseason.