The season is drawing ever closer and there are still a number of quarterback competitions yet to have been settled. Fans of the UCLA Bruins will not have to wait any longer after head coach Jim Mora announced his starter for the 2015 season Wednesday night.
According to College Football Talk, true freshman Josh Rosen was named the starter at quarterback for the Bruins. Rosen had been in competition with redshirt juniors Jerry Neuheisel and Mike Fafaul for the entire summer and he must have showed enough to win the job.
“At some point it just becomes apparent to you,” Mora said. “You get a gut feeling. You’ve seen enough. You say it’s time to make a decision and let’s go.”
Rosen was a five-star recruit for the Bruins in the class of 2015 and was the number one pro-style quarterback in the country and the number one overall player in the state of California. It is really no surprise that Mora picked Rosen to lead his team.
Mora is familiar with having young guys at the helm of his offense. Brett Hundley was a redshirt freshman when he took the job three years ago and he turned out to be one heck of a quarterback for the team.
Rosen is going to get tested very early in his collegiate career. The season opens at home against Virginia and after a Week 2 match-up with UNLV, he is thrown into the proverbial frying pan with four game stretch against BYU and PAC-12 opponents Arizona (away), Arizona State (home), and Stanford (away).
If Rosen struggles early, Mora wants it to be known that Rosen is his starting guy no matter what.
“I made it very clear I’m a one quarterback type of coach,” Mora said. “I like to put a guy in that position, support the heck out of him, hope he has success, and rally around him if he’s struggling.”
Good luck kid. You’re going to need it.
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