Jim Mora is one of the more vocal head coaches in college football and he isn’t afraid of making bold statements. One of those bold statements was made about freshman quarterback Josh Rosen.
Mora is very high on his young quarterback and went so far as to call Rosen “the next Peyton Manning” when talking to the media.
That type of comparison shows just how much Mora thinks of his future at the quarterback position. Rosen certainly has the physical size to be compared to Manning, although giving him that comparison before he even plays a single college game might be rushing things a bit.
Rosen was given the nickname of “Chosen Rosen” during his high school career and was the nation’s top quarterback last season. UCLA is currently expected to start Rosen this season under center which will give everyone an early look at why Mora is being this aggressive with his praise.
It certainly puts more pressure on Rosen’s shoulders to live up to his coaches comparison, but if he is as good as Mora is making him sound then that won’t be an issue.
At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Rosen is the ideal size for a D-1 starting quarterback as a freshman. He’ll want to bulk up a little bit moving forward, but his size right now is perfect for his age.
During the 2014 season for St. John Bosco High School, Rosen threw for 3,186 yards, 29 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He showed excellent maturity with his decision-making and was a playmaker for his teammates. Rosen’s leadership was obvious throughout his high school career as well.
Mora is certainly setting the bar high for Rosen, but that is the standard players as talented as the freshman quarterback should be held to.
Living up to the career that Manning has had isn’t going to be easy, but starting things off by winning the starting quarterback job at UCLA as a true freshman would be an excellent way to kick things off.
Don’t be surprised if Rosen breaks onto the big stage with a bang and comes through with a huge season.
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