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UCLA HC Jim Mora does not expect junior QB Josh Rosen to leave for the draft after the season.

"My firm belief is that he will not leave ... as we sit here right now, I can really honestly say I don’t think he’s going to leave," Mora said. Rosen has the potential to be a top-five draft pick if things break right this season. We've heard many a-coach wax poetic about how their players will stay only for said players to leave when given the opportunity. Stay tuned.
Aug 16 - 3:04 PM

UCLA redshirt freshman WR Demetric Felton (undisclosed) wore a yellow, non-contact jersey during Monday's practice.

Felton (5'10/180) sustained the undisclosed injury during practice on Saturday. That he did not completely sit out Monday's session is a good sign that he might be able to return to action in relatively short order. The former four-star recruit is likely looking at a backup role during the coming campaign.
Aug 15 - 5:12 PM

UCLA junior RB Bolu Olorunfunmi has been taking the majority of first-team reps in practice.

Bruins RB coach DeShaun Foster said that Olorunfunmi has been "doing a great job" through the first two weeks of camp. The 5-foot-10, 220-pounder rushed for 280 yards (3.9 YPC) and four touchdowns last season. UCLA's running game was one of the worst in the country in 2016. Soso Jamabo and Nate Starks are the other names to watch in this competition.
Aug 14 - 3:18 PM

SportsBettingDime has installed UCLA HC Jim Mora (9/1), Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez (15/1) and Arizona State HC Todd Graham (15/1) as favorites to lose their jobs this season.

Mora, Rodriguez and Graham all started out with success at their current programs, but have run into issues over the last two seasons. Respectively, they have gone 12-13, 10-19 and 11-14 in the past two campaigns combined. Expectations for both Arizona and Arizona State are somewhat diminished for the coming season, but Mora does not have that luxury in what will probably be junior QB Josh Rosen's last dance in college before he declares for the NFL Draft.
Source: Diehards
Aug 10 - 6:58 PM

UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen said, "[R]aise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have."

The above quote is one of the hot ones from Rosen's one-on-one interview with Bleacher Report's Matt Hayes, but he offered plenty of context for it. Said the junior gunslinger, "No one in their right mind should have a football player’s schedule, and go to school. It’s not that some players shouldn’t be in school; it’s just that universities should help them more—instead of just finding ways to keep them eligible." He explained that "[t]rying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs."
Aug 8 - 1:31 PM

UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen completed just 2-of-15 passes during the team's 11-on-11 portion of practice on Wednesday.

Per Scout.com, Rosen had issues at the line of scrimmage, taking several sacks and having several of his passes knocked down. We aren't particularly concerned. Not only is Rosen coming off shoulder surgery, he last played in a game in October. He has the potential to land as the No. 1 overall selection in next spring's draft if he can stay healthy. Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin called him the best quarterback in the country during SEC Media Days.
Source: Scout.com
Aug 3 - 7:10 PM

UCLA Jim Mora said the shoulder injury junior QB Josh Rosen suffered last year might be the best thing that has happened to him.

Mora indicated that Rosen got a glimpse of life without football and has returned with a greater appreciation for the game. UCLA C Steve Quessenberry said Rosen has become more vocal in the huddle and a better leader. "Nobody doubts Rosen's physical ability and it's encouraging to hear that he's growing into a leader for the Bruins," Daniel Jeremiah wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 30 - 2:28 PM

Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin called UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen the best quarterback in the country.

"He's not only a guy with great arm talent, he's very smart," Sumlin said. He spoke specifically to what he saw from Rosen when the Bruins tangoed with the Aggies in last year's season-opener, explaining, "We hit him a bunch. The game was over and he got up, came back out there and put them back in with a chance to win the game and put it into overtime." In the game in question, the then-sophomore gunslinger threw for 343 yards while tossing one touchdown and three interceptions (the Aggies led for most of the game before Rosen tightened things up). We are jazzed to see what Rosen can do coming back from the shoulder injury which cost him a large chunk of the 2016 season. He will get that party started against Texas A&M (again) in a spotlight Sunday game on September 3.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 27 - 7:19 PM

UCLA received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 ATH Devon Cooley.

"I've been thinking about UCLA for awhile now. It's my hometown school and they offer the best opportunities for me in both football and academically," Cooley said. While Rivals assigns the 6-foot-1, 161-pounder a three-star rating, Scout.com is considerably higher on him, not only tossing him four stars, but also slotting him into their master list at No. 189 overall. Scout's Greg Biggins writes that Cooley is "a long, athletic kid who can run. He uses his size well to create separation, catches the ball and can do something with it after the catch."
Source: Scout.com
Jul 13 - 4:27 PM

UCLA redshirt junior WR Jordan Lasley was listed as a starter coming out of the spring.

Lasley made four starts (11 appearances) last year, ranking second on the team with 41 catches for 620 yards and leading the Bruins with five touchdown receptions. He and Theo Howard specifically will be tasked with turning around a receiving corps that struggled mightily last fall, especially after Josh Rosen went down.
Jul 11 - 12:52 PM

Scout.com's Greg Biggins writes that UCLA four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Dorian Thompson-Robinson "just needs to continue to work on his overall consistency."

Thompson-Robinson was on-hand in Beaverton, Oregon, for the Opening this past weekend. Of that performance, Biggins wrote, "One ball would be a dime on a deep out and the next one might be low near a receivers foot on a much easier throw then the one he just completed." His lack of refinement is understandable enough -- this coming season will be his first as a starting quarterback. He had been previously been sitting behind Tate Martell at Bishop Gorman (Nevada). Martell ultimately signed with Ohio State in February.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 6 - 8:56 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2018 ATH Devon Cooley indicated that UCLA remains the favorite for his pledge.

He said likewise in February. Nothing has changed in the interim. Cooley (6'1/161) was on-hand at a UCLA camp last week, one he specifically attended to try to stand out for the Bruins' staff. Said the Buena Park (California) standout, "I love UCLA. It’s always been a home school of mine. It’s a good thing to think about when I’m making my decision." Beyond the Bruins, Washington State, Boise State, Arizona State and Arizona are all trying to make this a competitive race. It looks like UCLA might run away with Rivals' No. 30 athlete prospect unless something changes, though.
Source: Rivals
Jun 27 - 8:35 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked UCLA senior G Scott Quessenberry as the No. 5 senior draft prospect at his position.

Quessenberry was actually a 12-game starter at center last season, but Kiper sees his best NFL fit coming at guard. The 6-foot-3, 288-pounder received First Team All-Pac-12 love from the coaches for his work in 2016. Over at Walter Football, Charlie Campbell tags Quessenberry as the No. 4 guard prospect for the 2018 draft. He was a three-star recruit out of high school.
Jun 26 - 2:33 PM

NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah compares UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen to New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

"Both of them are streaky passers capable of playing at a high level," Jeremiah wrote. "They can throw with touch and timing while also possessing enough arm strength to fit balls into tight windows in the middle of the field." The analyst noted that Rosen "has the purest throwing motion I've seen in a long time" and is "silky smooth" with "a very quick release." As for areas of improvement, Jeremiah wants to see Rosen be more responsible with the football. "He'll force balls into coverage or throw blindly at times," Jeremiah wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 22 - 3:17 PM

An AFC exec said UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen's technique is "gorgeous."

"He’s the prettiest (of the 2018 quarterbacks)—gorgeous, just gorgeous," the exec said. "He has to find a way to prove he’s a good kid and can stay healthy and has a passion for the game. He has everything else." An AFC college scouting director interviewed by MMQB's Albert Breer agreed that Rosen looks the most natural of the '18 quarterbacks. "Every ball spins beautifully," one of his coaches said.
Source: MMQB
Jun 20 - 12:51 PM


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