UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen was named a Freshman All-American after being thrown into the fire during the 2015 season. He performed at a very high level and it looks like head coach Jim Mora has the utmost confidence in him going forward.
He recently spoke with Campus Rush’s Pete Thamel and discussed Rosen’s maturity as a quarterback in the PAC-12. Mora has great confidence in the player, but would love to see the quarterback think more like an NFL guy.
“I want to give him and our program every opportunity to max out, and this kid—he’s pretty special,” Mora said of Rosen. “I wanted to give him a little bit more control of the pace of our play, the tempo of our play and the plays that we get in and out of at the line of scrimmage. So, sometimes we’ll huddle; sometimes we won’t. Sometimes we’ll go fast; sometimes we won’t. We studied [NFL] teams like Denver, New England and Green Bay. We studied New Orleans a little bit. And not necessarily what they were doing schematically, but the pace they were playing at. You’ll watch Peyton [Manning] and you’ll watch [Tom] Brady, and sometimes they huddle and sometimes they just get going. Or sometimes they get to the line of scrimmage and give the quarterback an extra 15 seconds to diagnose—because the defense is eventually going to show its hand.
‘With a quarterback like Josh who has a great understanding of defensive concepts, it only makes sense to give him an opportunity to dissect a defense before the ball snaps so he can make the best decision.”
During his first year with the Bruins, Josh Rosen threw for over 3,600 yards and 23 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions. He had a pretty good start to his career and it looks like he will continue to improve over the next few years.
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