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Josh Rosen | Quarterback

Team: UCLA Bruins
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 210

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NFL evaluators will get a "truer look" at UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen's pro potential in new offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu's pro-style scheme, writes's Lance Zierlein.
"Quarterbacks always find their way toward the top of the draft board, but Rosen won't be a late riser -- he's already being monitored as a top-rated prospect after just one season," Zierlein wrote. "Rosen's quick release and advanced football intelligence should help move the hype train along at a very quick pace, but deservedly so." The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder accumulated 3,670 yards with a 23/11 TD/INT ratio as a true freshman last fall. Most of his supporting skill position cast is now in the NFL, but Rosen should be just fine. Jul 25 - 7:01 PM

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UCLA HC Jim Mora is comfortable with sophomore QB Josh Rosen's ability to diagnose the defense before the snap.

"When you have an intelligent quarterback like Josh," Mora said, "what you want to do is give him the ability to change some things at the line of scrimmage that he sees," adding that the goal of the offense is to allow flexibility -- in terms of speed-to-the-line, huddling, etc. -- depending on Rosen's view of the defensive schematic. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder carries a mountain of hype into the 2016 season. To wit, the media at Pac-12 Media Days picked the Bruins to win the Pac-12 South -- something that even surprised Mora given that the team lost their final two games of 2015 in uninspiring fashion. Mountain of hype.
Jul 16 - 1:42 PM

Pac-12 offensive coach said of UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen, "On the field, he's one of the best talents I've seen in a while."

"Incredible head for the game," the coach said. "But you also hear stories about him. That he's too cocky or that he's not coachable. Sometimes overconfidence gets misconstrued as cocky. I just know that a lot of people have said he's the same kid he was in high school and hasn't grown up yet." The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Rosen threw for 3,670 yards with a 23/11 TD/INT ratio as a true freshman.
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 5:53 PM

Last year, UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen went 63-for-102 for 1,115 yards and an 8/1 TD/INT rate on passes 10 to 19 yards downfield.

As a true frosh, Rosen showed great feel in the intermediate game. "Rosen did a great job of avoiding sacks, with the second-lowest sack rate at 8 percent, but saw a huge drop-off in performance when he faced pressure, with his QB rating falling by 60 points versus when he was given a clean pocket," Pro Football Focus' Jeff Dooley wrote.
Jun 18 - 1:33 PM

Following a reported 15-year, $280 million contract agreement between UCLA and Under Armour, sophomore QB Josh Rosen posted on Instagram "we're still amateurs though."

Rosen included a graph of the largest college football contracts from outside companies such as Under Armour and then captioned it with his comment on amateurism. He also wrote, "Gotta love non-profits #NCAA." The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder has proven to be an interesting cat since joining the Bruins. In addition to these comments on NCAA hypocrisy, Rosen made waves in April by wearing a "F*** Trump" hat on one of Donald Trump's golf courses. It was enough that HC Jim Mora addressed the hat publicly, cautioning that the gesture was more in the line of Johnny Manziel than Tom Brady. Comparing Rosen's relatively docile political statement (of sorts) to Manziel's flawed cauldron of traits is a bridge too far, but Mora has been pushing for Rosen to start thinking like an NFL quarterback and little etiquette lessons are part of that game.
May 24 - 1:54 PM

UCLA HC Jim Mora said on the Rich Eisen Show that if sophomore QB Josh Rosen had been part of the 2016 draft pool, he would have been the first player taken.

"In my opinion he (would have been) the best quarterback in the draft and he would've gone first," Mora told Eisen. This is all crazy conjecture, but Mora has been consistent in talking up Rosen this offseason. He told Sports Illustrated that he wants the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder to "[think] next level" earlier this month. Back to the Rich Eisen Show, Mora did caution that this is all meaningless projection if Rosen doesn't put in the necessary work. "Unless he continues to work hard," Mora said, "unless he makes good decisions, unless he dedicates himself the way guys like Tom Brady and Drew Brees and Peyton Manning have, then it's a pipe dream."
May 21 - 2:22 PM

ESPN's Ted Miller wrote that with significant improvement, UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen "could challenge Clemson's Deshaun Watson as the best quarterback in the country, which would make him a default Heisman candidate."

Expect to hear plenty of these kinds of proclamations throughout the preseason as the hype dragon clears its throat for the 2016 campaign. "The biggest question for Rosen, in fact, isn't himself, or even the new, pro-style offense that has been installed to take advantage of his skills," Miller wrote. "It's the Bruins void at receiver, as they lose most of their top performers from 2015." Should Rosen be able to make up for the skill-position deficits around him, though, he could not only be contending for a Heisman over the next two years, but also readying himself for a top-5 selection in the draft. He won't be draft eligible until after the 2017 season, though, so that talk should probably be placed on the back-burner while we give ourselves over to rampant Heisman speculation.
May 18 - 4:00 PM

UCLA HC Jim Mora indicated that he has pushed sophomore QB Josh Rosen to think of himself as an NFL talent.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel, Mora said, "I want [Rosen] thinking next level." The coach was very open in discussing how he has handled the 6-foot-4, 210-pound gunslinger's progression. For example, he was quick to point to Rosen's overall level of intelligence and spoke to the idea of letting the star-in-the-making control the offense prior to the snap. "With a quarterback like Josh who has a great understanding of defensive concepts," Mora said, "it only makes sense to give him an opportunity to dissect a defense before the ball snaps so he can make the best decision." The Bruins finished 2015 with a relatively limp 8-5 record. Chalk that up to a building year. If they finish 8-5 in 2016, Mora's coaching seat will, at the very least, be warm bordering on uncomfortable.
Source: Campus Rush
May 14 - 3:46 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote that UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen's "intelligence, accuracy and ability to move within the pocket make him one of the top passers in the country."

Reuter ranks three quarterbacks -- Joshua Dobbs, Brad Kaaya and Deshaun Watson -- ahead of Rosen for his 2016 CFB player rankings, but that isn't to say he is down on the Bruin hot tub owner. The analyst called the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder the "best freshman quarterback I've seen since Andrew Luck." And perhaps betraying his rankings, when he broke the quarterback class into tiers, only Watson and Rosen occupied his "Elite" tier. Last season, Rosen threw for 3,670 yards with a 23/11 TD/INT ratio. Whether he can handle the ever-building hype in 2016 is one of the key stories to watch as summer crests over the collegiate landscape.
May 10 - 9:12 PM

According to's Chase Goodbread, UCLA freshman QB Josh Rosen is "primed to develop into one of college football's next elite passers."

Rosen threw for 319 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 37-29 loss to Nebraska in the Foster Farms Bowl. He was also picked off twice, though, including a game-sealing pick on UCLA's final drive. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound freshman finished out the 2015 campaign having thrown for 3,670 yards with a 23/11 TD/INT ratio. He's already being floated as a potential Heisman candidate for next season. For all of Rosen's upside--and there's a ton of it--he's not a finished product yet. The Bruins finished with an underwhelming 8-5 record for the 2015 campaign.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 07:53:00 PM

UCLA freshman QB Josh Rosen completed 26-of-40 passes for 319 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 37-29 loss to Nebraska in the Foster Farms Bowl.

Rosen and the Bruins scored 21 points in the first half, but they managed just one touchdown after breaking from the locker room. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound freshman's first interception was more/less meaningless--it came just before halftime and did not lead to points--but the second one came on UCLA's final offensive drive as the team attempted to score a tying touchdown. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound freshman was chased on a roll-out to the left on fourth-and-10, taking a huge hit as he unloaded the ball across his body. It sailed long and was picked off in the end zone by Chris Jones. And that, as they say, was that. The loss surely stings, but Rosen put in an impressive freshman campaign overall. He finished with 3,670 passing yards and a 23/11 TD/INT ratio. Expectations are going to be through the roof for his sophomore season.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 01:02:00 AM

UCLA freshman QB Josh Rosen "showed the kind of skills that had NFL personnel types raving," according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

The true freshman signal caller had a phenomenal season for the Bruins in 2015, completing 59.5 percent of his passes for 3,351 yards with a 20/9 TD/INT rate. The UCLA prospect took the Pac-12 by storm and ran away with the Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year award.
Source: Fox Sports
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 02:42:00 PM

UCLA (8-4) plays Nebraska (5-7) in the Foster Farms Bowl on Dec. 26.

The Bruins are seven-point favorites. UCLA is led by freshman sensation QB Josh Rosen, who earned Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year honors after completing 59.5 percent of his passes for 3,351 yards with a 20/9 TD/INT rate. The Huskers don't generate much of a pass rush and have a secondary that is prone to giving up big plays, so expect Rosen to close out his first year with a bang. That isn't to say UCLA is a lock to win, here. Nebraska, which hasn't lost eight games since 1957, has a tremendous run defense led by a stout defensive line. UCLA, ravaged by injuries all year, also has holes on defense that Nebraska can exploit if the good Tommy Armstrong Jr. arrives in Santa Clara.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 04:05:00 PM

UCLA freshman QB Josh Rosen earns All-Pac-12 first team and Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year honors.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound true freshman finished the regular season, passing for 3,350 passing yards, with 20 touchdown and 9 interceptions. This season, Rosen broke a Bruins' record for consecutive passes without an interception (245), breaking Drew Olson’s record of 199. NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah describes Rosen as "the most gifted QB in college football."
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 03:13:00 PM

UCLA freshman QB Josh Rosen completed 15-of-30 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 17-9 win over Utah.

Rosen failed to light up the scoreboard, but he did enough to help the Bruins to a victory against a Utah team that looked lost without RB Devontae Booker. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound freshman's thrown at least one touchdown pass in all but one of UCLA's 11 games during this 2015 campaign. He's been playing very clean football of late and has not thrown an interception in any of his last five games. Earlier in November, NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah wrote that Rosen's "beautiful to watch," calling him the most gifted quarterback in the land.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 08:51:00 PM