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Greg Gabriel spoke with one "NFL personnel man" who said UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen "better drop entitlement attitude if he wants to be as good as he thinks he is."

We hear NFL personnel people complain about a quarterback's attitude every single year. Why? Because there are hundreds of "NFL personnel" people, and each has an opinion. It is worth understanding that one opinion does not mean the entire NFL thinks that way. Plus, Rosen does not turn 20 years old until February. Rosen and Deshaun Watson are clearly the two most talented quarterbacks in college football at this time, with Watson eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft and Rosen eligible in 2018.
Aug 25 - 11:22 AM

At Pac-12 media days, UCLA coach Jim Mora compared UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen at this stage in his career to where Peyton Manning was at the same point.

"I'm not comparing him to Peyton Manning in the NFL," Mora told Sports Illustrated. "But at this stage of his career -- essentially the same point -- he's the same guy in terms of football intelligence and work ethic." NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah says Rosen is the most gifted quarterback in college football. Rosen isn't eligible for the draft until after next season.
Aug 13 - 8:08 PM

An opposing Pac-12 coach says UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen is the best quarterback in the nation.

"The quarterback is the best guy out there, and I mean the best guy in the country right now. That's what we thought, anyway," the coach said. "Man, he is the real deal and we've got to deal with him for two more years. He didn't play like a freshman. I think sometimes he made mistakes trying to do a little too much, but they want him to be aggressive and use his arm because he's got the confidence and ability to put the ball where he wants it. He'll learn when to pull it back with time, but there's no doubt he's going to be a big-time pro." UCLA coach Jim Mora has suggested that Rosen would have been the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft if he'd been eligible.
Aug 13 - 3:49 PM

UCLA redshirt freshman WR Cordell Broadus has left the team.

This is the second time Broadus has quit the Bruins. The four-star recruit never played a game for UCLA.
Aug 8 - 5:31 PM

UCLA received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 TE Jimmy Jaggers.

"With the lack of tight ends [at UCLA] and the want to be a pro-style offense and the way it’s evolving offensively, it’s in a great part of California, you get to play in the Rose Bowl, there’s not much more to ask for," Jaggers said. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder indicated that while he still might take the opportunity for some official visits this fall, he is "100%" on-board with the Bruins. He ranks as Rivals' No. 194 overall prospect and their No. 5 TE for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Aug 5 - 2:33 PM

UCLA HC Jim Mora indicated at Pac-12 media days that he doesn't want to place too heavy of a load on sophomore QB Josh Rosen.

"The danger is that you give him too much," Mora said, "that you overestimate what a young person can handle given all the other stresses they have in their life with school and social and just being a young person." While he doesn't want to overload Rosen, Mora has repeatedly praised the 6-foot-4, 210-pound gunslinger to the rafters this offseason and his admiration for the young signal-caller is impossible to miss. Said Mora, "He's got tremendous arm talent. He's very, very smart. He has a great feel for the game, both offensively and defensively. He can make all the throws." Beyond the arm-talent, Rosen's brain is already drawing rave reviews. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein has referred to him having "advanced football intelligence," while Mora himself has talked about opening up the offense in order to best utilize Rosen's smarts.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 4 - 3:07 PM

UCLA freshman WR Theo Howard noted that he is hoping to enter the season with a playing weight of 185 pounds.

As of April, Howard had already added eight pounds through his work in the Bruin facilities. He was listed at 6-foot, 174 pounds coming out of high school, so that 185-pound goal is well within reach. Redshirt senior WR Kenny Walker has been impressed with Howard's technical prowess and indicated that he has never seen such precision from a freshman wideout. The mental aspect of the game might be Howard's biggest hurdle to overcome. "(They tell me to) watch film and stay in the playbook whenever you can. Stay consistent with it," he said. UCLA lost their top two receivers from 2015 (Thomas Duarte, Jordan Peyton) and Howard is in a prime position to make an immediate impact. He ranked as ESPN 300's No. 288 prospect for the 2016 cycle.
Jul 27 - 1:24 PM

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 NFL.com'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.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 25 - 7:01 PM

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

UCLA HC Jim Mora dismissed former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary's assertion that DC Tom Bradley knew about Jerry Sandusky's pattern of abuse.

In McQueary's deposition, he alleged that Bradley and Greg Schiano both had prior knowledge of Sandusky's child abuse -- going so far as to relay a story in which Schiano (according to McQueary) told Bradley that he witnessed Sandusky with a boy in the showers during the early 90's. Schiano has already denied this, with HC Urban Meyer backing his defensive coordinator. Bradley, too, has denied the claim, with HC Jim Mora likewise offering support. "It took us a long time to hire him because our university takes these things very seriously," Mora said. "So we went through the process of vetting his background and his stories and he made a statement [denying McQueary's claims] and he stands by that statement and I stand by him. I feel comfortable with that."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 15 - 2:20 PM

UCLA redshirt junior DL Eddie Vanderdoes (knee) said he's been "pretty much 100 percent for two months."

Vanderdoes believes he'll start the opener at Texas A&M on Sept. 3. He suffered a torn ACL in the second quarter of last season's opener against Virginia and missed the rest of the campaign. "I was in shock. I had no clue. They told me I had totally torn my ACL and meniscus," he said. "I honestly wanted to get a second opinion ... I felt like I could have played the rest of the season." At that time, the 6-foot-4, 305-pound was seen as a first-round candidate. "I don’t even think about the NFL right now," he said. "What’s the point? I’ve got to play college football first. I’ve got to show my knee injury isn’t an issue. I need to do the things that are going to get me there, which is help my football team win."
Source: ESPN
Jul 14 - 6:02 PM

UCLA DC Tom Bradley's representatives released a statement denying that their client had any knowledge of the abuse at Penn State during his time at the university.

Court documents unsealed on Tuesday revealed that former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary testified in a deposition that Bradley told him about several incidents of Jerry Sandusky's abuse that he personally witnessed. Bradley denies those claims. "At no time did Tom Bradley ever witness any inappropriate behavior," the statement read in part. "He has consistently testified as such. Any assertions to the contrary are false. When he became aware of the 2001 incident it had already been reported to the University administration years earlier." Bradley was part of the Penn State staff for 33 years under Joe Paterno. UCLA hired him as defensive coordinator in February of 2015.
Jul 12 - 4:09 PM

UCLA redshirt senior WR Kenneth Walker ran a 10.56 second 100-meter dash.

The Bruins intend to use that speed this fall, especially with Jordan Payton, Thomas Duarte and Devin Fuller now playing on Sundays. "He could be one of the surprises in the country this year," UCLA HC Jim Mora said. "I know that's a really, really big statement to make. I just got a gut feeling about the kid. ... His problem has never been speed. We've all seen at times that he doesn't catch the ball as consistently as you'd like, but the last few weeks, he just has." Walker averaged almost 26 yards per catch on his nine receptions last season. The usage will go up this fall. "He's a tremendous big-play threat who could be a real bright spot for a retooled UCLA offense this fall if he continues to make strides with his catching," noted B/R's Justin Ferguson.
Source: LA Times
Jul 11 - 5:03 PM

Uncommitted five-star 2017 T Walker Little told Bleacher Report that UCLA five-star 2017 verbal commit DE Jaelan Phillips has "got a lot of speed on the outside."

Little and Phillips tangoed at The Opening, giving the two five-star performers a chance to feel each other out. "[Phillips] blows off the edge, has great hands and can really get low on you," Little said, adding that "[i]t takes a ton of effort to get to him and get your hands on him." Bleacher Report's Tyler Donohue referred to the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder as "explosive off the edge" and awarded him an "A" for his work at the nation's premier summer camp.
Jul 11 - 3:48 PM

Pro Football Focus sees UCLA senior edge rusher Takkarist McKinley as the No. 93 overall player in college football.

"McKinley was a hot pick to break out last season after pressuring the quarterback on 16 of his 106 rushes in 2014, and while he had a strong season, there’s even more room to improve next season," wrote Steve Palazzolo. The Bruins finally seemed to figure out how to use the athletic McKinley last season, bumping his playing time up to 58 percent of snaps from 18 in 2014 while moving him around the formation. McKinley logged identical +10.8 grades against the run and as a pass rusher last season. We're expecting another step forward.
Jul 7 - 4:35 PM


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