Josh Rosen seems to be the best QB coming out of UCLA spring practice. But there are perils of starting a true freshman. Pete Carroll did it with Matt Barkley. And always blamed his interceptions that season on someone else (like a wide receiver). By the end of the year, Carroll said Barkley had “nothing to do” with blowout losses to Oregon and Stanford.
Is Jim Mora going to defend Rosen in a similar manner? How patient will he be? Barkley could do no wrong with Carroll, which probably got Carroll through the season. Could Mora adopt a similar approach? And if Rosen is as good as the media suggest, why was he ranked below Ricky Town by some recruiting services a little more than a year ago?
A week after Alabama got a commitment from California tailback Najee Harris, USC got a commitment from Alabama wide receiver Velus Jones. Interestingly, Jones has not been offered by Alabama. But he was offered by UCLA.
If you see any juniors looking to transfer, USC is interested. The latest is Brown’s 6-9 forward Rafael Maia, who will visit this weekend. He averaged 9.5 points and 8.1 rebounds last season and is looking at Pitt, Boston College and Stanford among others. USC needs a point guard too so the Trojans could bring in two players.
One story involving Bob Boyd I forgot but was relayed during his memorial service was that Boyd turned down the Lakers job when the team featured Jerry West and Elgin Baylor. Boyd accepted the job, told his family and then changed his mind.
Besides his rant last week on how quarterbacks do not need take snaps under center at the NFL combine, Steve Sarkisian talked to Tim Brando about how much he admired senior leadership at Michigan State . . . basketball.
“I think about Michigan State basketball,” Sarkisian said. “Those teams they have, those senior leaders they have. It’s one thing to have young players, which we’re going to have, but when you have veteran leadership, it goes a long, long way.”
Sounds like a challenge to Cody Kessler, Antwaun Woods, Soma Vainuku, etc.