It’s no secret that UCLA has a dilemma on their hands at the quarterback position. Both leaders for the starting role have little to no experience on the field outside of practice or “garbage time” and they are just weeks away from the beginning of the season.
According to ESPN, the Bruins are not any closer to naming a starter for the opening game than they were a month ago. Head coach Jim Mora Jr. talked about the situation following the team’s tenth practice of fall camp on Tuesday afternoon.
“We are no closer,” Mora said. “There’s nothing on the horizon with regards to the quarterback position. I’m waiting to see somebody win the job and nobody has won it yet.”
Redshirt freshman Josh Rosen and veteran second-string Jerry Neuheisel, son of former head coach Rick Neuheisel, have been competing for the starting job all summer long and they have both shown their ups and downs and each have a legitimate reason as to why they should be starting this season.
Rosen talked for the first time on the situation and he says that he knows where he needs to improve if he wants to pull away in the race for the starting role.
“Sometimes I’ll get the same play and do two different things and come to the sideline and kind of really not be able to explain why,” Rosen said. “I just have to learn how to calm down and control my emotions and play within myself and not try to be a hero. We’ve got a really, really good team and just let them do what they’ve been doing for the last few years. Let Paul [Perkins] and all the running backs do their thing. Let the receivers make all the big plays. Don’t play outside of the system.”
Rosen is the same age as Brett Hundley was when Mora took a chance on him just four years ago. We all know how Hundley worked out for the Bruins, but has Rosen shown enough for Mora to do the same or will Neuheisel’s minimal experience on the field prove to be the deciding factor?
Fans will more than likely find out before the opening game, but there is a chance they won’t know until the team takes the field on September 5 when they host Virginia.
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