The UCLA football program officially has their star quarterback on the field again.
After rehabbing a shoulder injury sustained midway through last season, Josh Rosen made his first appearance at the UCLA spring practice on Tuesday.
Rosen is expected to be the starting quarterback for the Bruins in 2017, and having him back and ready to go form injury so early is a welcomed sight on the practice field.
Coach Jim Mora said that Rosen appeared to be throwing well with no discomfort:
“He did not look like there was anything bothering him. He looked fine,” Mora said. “He has done a really good job since he started his rehab at being consistent and doing what the protocol calls for, and I think he’s right on schedule. I didn’t notice him favoring anything or wincing or doing anything. He looked normal. It was good to see.”
Rosen tells ESPN reporters that the injury turned out to be something of a blessing in disguise. Having had the opportunity to undergo surgery and rehabilitation, he has a new lease on his life on the football field and is ready to go.
Fresh perspective or not, he’ll need to perform better on the field if he hopes to will UCLA to a better season then they had while he was at the helm. In the six games preceding Rosen’s injury, the Bruins were 3-3.
Rosen is considered a top prospect entering this season, and if he is able to remain healthy and have an impressive campaign, he might earn himself a big payday.