Josh Rosen won’t be available to the media until the end of UCLA’s spring camp, but the freshman will be the dominant storyline this month no matter how little fans get to hear him speak.
After enrolling in January, Rosen represents the Bruins’ future at quarterback — regardless of whether or not he can win the starting job by the end of April. At about 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, he actually looked slightly taller than redshirt sophomore Asiantii Woulard.
Woulard took most of the second-team reps on the first day of camp, while returning backup Jerry Neuheisel guided the first team. Rosen didn’t do much on in terms outside of individual and one-on-one drills. However, head coach Jim Mora explained later that UCLA will structure its spring to focus on two quarterbacks each day; Tuesday morning simply wasn’t Rosen’s turn.
What he was able to do is already impressive. During one-on-one drills, Rosen uncorked a perfect pass that fell right over the shoulder and into the hands of Thomas Duarte. The ball was placed where no one but Duarte could have gotten it, and was easily the best throw of the day.
Rosen later missed receiver Jordan Payton badly due to a miscommunication, but considering that he should still be in high school right now, harping on such mistakes seems like nitpicking.
“He didn’t seem overwhelmed,” Mora said.