Josh Rosen officially named UCLA’s starting quarterback

Josh Rosen will be UCLA’s starting quarterback, head coach Jim Mora announced today.

The news comes more than eight months after the five-star freshman first enrolled as a Bruin, and ends a battle that pitted him against returning backup Jerry Neuheisel. Mora said he delivered the news to the quarterbacks this morning.

“You evaluate every little thing,” Mora said of the decision. “I can’t tell you that there’s a checklist, but you watch guys. … At some point, it just becomes apparent to you. You get a gut feeling. You’ve seen enough.”

UCLA, which returns its 10 other offensive starters, will opens the season against Virginia on Sept. 5 as the latest team to try and succeed with a true freshman behind center.

  • UCLA owns LA Football

    The correct choice, since Josh is UCLA’s future.

    There’s no doubt JN deserves a starting shot – Just not in this case. JN is an integral part of UCLA’s FB team, and the best possible replacement for JR if and when necessary.

  • Ted

    Someone send paramedics to Laker Rod’s house…I hope he is not having a heart attack!

    • The Big Woof!

      No, he’s busy preparing another 10,000 word response which most of us will not read, with statistics going back to 1921 to prove his points.

      • ProbationU

        You are all FOOLS, MORONS & IDIOTS!! How dare you speak against the great WIZARD!!

        I repeat, 90% of Bruin fans are idiots. Now it seems like upwards of 95%. Troy Aikman tweeted congrats to Josh Rosen. What does Troy Aikman know? He never beat SC. This is an unmitigated disaster of Dorwellian proportions.

        AND, HAVE A NICE EVENING!

        • Laker Rod

          Lame as usual. First of all. WestwoodBob was correct in predicting who is the starter. I told you so. You tried to blow it off claiming you didn’t care to hear what some internet poster said. Well….like I said…I told you.

          • ProbationU

            He was a week off. Someone predicting Rosen as the starter! Wow, I think there were only a few thousand predicting that. There was also someone over on Bruin Gold mocking you. You were probably kicked out because they referred to you as an “old friend.”

          • Laker Rod

            Don’t try and cover up your missteps. We already went over this. I said that timing was irrelevant it’s who WestwoodBob named. Even after this, you said you didn’t care for what some internet guy posted and that JN could very well be the starter. I said. Ok. We shall see. I told you so. This is how it went down and you know it.

          • ProbationU

            My missteps? You are one funny dude, Lamer Rod. I predicted Rosen several months ago and even the other day, after Neuheisel made it closer, I said I still thought Rosen was going to be the starter. Try to revise all you want. Westwood Bob gave a day, last Tuesday and the name Rosen. He was off by 8 days. That’s the fact. Just because YOU say something is relevant doesn’t mean that it is relevant.

            I don’t really care about his prediction or your daily nonsense. Rosen was named starter as several hundred or thousands of other people predicted. Westwood Bob was no savant.

          • Laker Rod

            LOL!! What a LIAR. WestwoodBob name a starter and that was Josh Rosen. Don’t try to put the time of his prediction into the equation. I already took that out and you know it. I said the time does not matter. It’s he who he named. I even said okay…we’ll see what happens. Get it through your thick skull.

            You have proven to be one stubborn old man. You want me to go find where had this discussion? You know you are wrong.

          • ProbationU

            What part is wrong? I said Rosen would be the starter too. So what? Many people predicted that Rosen would be named the starter. WestwoodBob also named a date and was 8 days off. Is that wrong? The timing made perfect sense because of getting the starter plenty of 1st team reps with about 10 days before Virginia. So, the timing DOES matter and WestwoodBob was only half right. Just because YOU say it doesn’t matter, doesn’t make it so.

            Such a petulant little boy.

          • Laker Rod

            LIAR. After I said the decision is made and said to go over to BruinGold as WestwooBob noted Rosen would be the starter. You said it still could be Jerry and you didn’t care to hear from some internet poster making predictions.

            I even told you this guy has made predictions before and has been dead on. You still didn’t want to hear it. I said okay. We shall see what happens. I told you so. You know this is how it went down.

            You are simply a gutless POS and you know it.

          • ProbationU

            You are wrong again. You consisteny only get half of things right. 50% is a failing grade. I said it could be Jerry but I still thought it would be Rosen. Go back and look. Always quick with the insults and usually wrong on the facts. Was he or was he not off by 8 days? You can’t even admit that.

            Must be time for you to put together another meaningless list and then start rooting for Virginia. Everyone here knows what you are about.

      • Laker Rod

        Lame. So even Mora say he expects Rosen to struggle at times.

        Prior to all this I challenged ProbationU to even name true sophomore drop back QB’s who started the majority of the time as true freshmen that led their team to a conference championship. He couldn’t name any and I bet neither can you.

        I repeat..we shall see how this all works out. We all know there is no championship this year. I highly doubt there is a championship in the making for 2016.

        But congrats to Rosen. His final scrimmage play does not give me any confidence in him though.

        • ProbationU

          Everyone expects Rosen to struggle at times. That’s NOT news. The D will have to be strong and the running game as well. That would also be the case with JN or AW if he hadn’t transferred.

          I believe he will improve throughout the year.

          • Laker Rod

            You sure about that? There are some Bruin fans that are talking national championship still. LOL!! Dreamers. How much can Rosen be “struggling” if they have this type of expectation. You had a lot of wishful thinking also before…now you have completely backed off.

            Let me ask you this. Did Matt Leinart struggle as a redshirt sophomore in 2003. He took the team to a shared national title.

            Woulard or any 2013 QB recruit wouldn’t have necessarily struggled if this UCLA coaching staff had the ability to pick the right QB and developed him properly where he would be the starting QB leading this highly experienced team.

            Or even yet…this could have been the highly rated 2014 QB recruit who redshirted behind Hundley. Instead of Aaron Sharp could they have gotten somebody else? While expectations may still have not been high related to a “redshirt” freshman…there definitely is a lot more evidence of success from redshirt frosh QB’s such as:

            1. Mariota
            2. Winston
            3. Sam Bradford

            Heck…it can even be argued that a division championship is possible since this is exactly what Hundley and the Arizona QB won in their respective redshirt frosh years.

            Instead…we’re left with this predicament.

            You know this is correct…because you even complained yourself that you wish the QB situation was in a much better position when Woulard decided to transfer out.

          • ProbationU

            You need to get a life, Rod. If you remember, I predicted anywhere from 6-6 to 10-2 with the most likely record being 9-3.

            Not backing off at all. I have been consistent all along. I think your mood swings may be the issue. Rosen is an unknown quantity as a college player. It is very difficult to predict. Most times a true freshman is a starter it is because the entire team stinks, such as Cal with Jared Goff. Rosen is taking over a team that is loaded. It is an unusual circumstance, but I am sure you will come up with some kind of lame list (to borrow your term).

            Too bad David Letterman retired. I don’t see many lists on TV anymore.

          • Laker Rod

            That’s after you backed off you idiot. You first claimed that perhaps Rosen can’t beat the odds. Don’t lie now.

          • ProbationU

            I never backed off. I have always been cautious. You have always been inflexible.

          • Laker Rod

            You backed off and you know it.

          • ProbationU

            Your difficulty is with reading comprehension with regards to understanding another person’s point of view. You are only able to see through your narrow little periscope. My prediction was and is 9-3. You are extremely rigid in your viewpoint in a situation where neither quarterback has much game experience. We are dealing with an unknown and unpredictable situation. Those situations cause problems for people that view everything in black or white, because there is a lot of grey area. You are a know-it-all. I don’t know how well Rosen will play. Neither do you. The difference is, I can admit that I don’t know what will happen. The other difference is that I will be rooting for Rosen to do well. I don’t think you will.

            There is also a difference between think and know. I think he will progress during the year. We will find out if that is true or not. That is part of the anticipation and excitement of the upcoming season.

          • Laker Rod

            You did not predict 9-3 way back nearly 6 months ago. You didn’t predict anything. Your whole motto at that time was “play the best players regardless” of class.

            I told you and others…if it’s about playing the best players regardless of class…quit making excuses for them if they are a true freshman. That should not matter. Do you not get it?

            You and others were thinking Josh Rosen was a lot better than he was able to show 6 months ago. You didn’t even know the history of true frosh QB’s. You had to even ask for a 3rd party article and I gave that to you. You were still in denial and then you started to back off more and more as Rosen continually failed to show he was far superior to basically two walk ons. Heck…Mora couldn’t even name a starter for the longest time.

            Even the final fall scrimmage provided no evidence to the public which supported Rosen should be the starter.

            Listen to yourself. You tried to claim back in the spring that Rosen out performed all. You tried to say that was what all reporters were saying. I told you to see the youtube vids and anybody could see just from the vids that Rosen didn’t show any type of superiority. You didn’t want to hear and you clearly felt in April Rosen could lead UCLA to a conference championship. Whta do you think all this arguing has been about.

            You were still on a Josh Rosen high like others who were thinking 12 wins back in April. Heck..even James Katt thinks UCLA will win 12 games with Rosen. LOL!! UCLA has never even won 11 games and he thinks it will happen with a true frosh drop back QB. LOL!!

            As the summer work outs began and Mora failed to name a starter and after all the evidence I provided to you related to true freshmen…you backed way off in your original prediction.

            This is how it went down and you know it. Have you not figured out how easy it is for me to point out how wrong you and others and even the coaches have been in the past about true freshmen. If it is any consolation to you…this is NOT only a UCLA problem. This is actually an entire college fan base problem.

            But for UCLA…it’s a 90% problem where as for USC it’s more like an 80% problem. Kiffin was another Rick Neuheisel. He even promoted recruiting of early playing time and bragging about now afraid true freshmen or even starting thinking he was all bad. Showed what an idiot he was.

            Sark is not much better himself but he’s in a much more difficult spot since USC just came off of sanctions. It seems the true frosh he’s playing…play alot and there really isn’t anybody behind them even body wise.

            For Mora…he’s done some strange things in the past. Rosen doesn’t fall into this category because he will play alot. However…I’m disappointed in this coaching staff. I already said…if Rosen clearly showed he was the best QB then hey…that’s the best we got but again…I don’t expect much out of a true frosh.

            Rosen didn’t clearly show he was the best. You can easily tell Jerry N. was truly disappointed in the decision. The race was that close. Closer than many ever expected. Only around 10% gave Jerry even a chance back in April and you were NOT one of them.

            Of course as the reports came in…you definitely changed your tune about Jerry and him being the possible QB.

            And you might want to think twice about how Rosen will supposedly improve throughout the year. This rarely happens for a true frosh. It’s simply up and down and often ends on a down note.

          • ProbationU

            When you can make a point in less than 100 words, someone might read it all. Until then, ZZZZZZZ.

          • Laker Rod

            Can’t answer as usual because you were proven WRONG.

          • ProbationU

            You have NEVER proven anything to anyone except yourself. It is part of your beautiful delusion. Glad it makes you happy.

          • Laker Rod

            You are WRONG and you know it.

          • Laker Rod

            It was not 9-3 back in April and you know it. You are all over the place. You also predicted 6-6 or 8 wins or 10-3 and maybe even perhaps 11-2.

            And duh…no kidding about unknown.

            This is why we try to use past evidence to make predictions. Can you name any true frosh drop back Qb’s who have won any conference championships. NO! So what makes you think it’s happening in 2015.

            Can you name any true sophomores who started as true freshmen who won conference championships. Give me a reason of hope. You nor anybody else can do it.

            I repeat…you’re just a wishful thinker with no evidence to back up anything.

          • ProbationU

            You fail to understand the concept that there is no comparable past evidence. Every situation has a number of different variables. So, while it is true that freshmen have tended to struggle there is no direct link that can prove that Rosen will struggle at UCLA with the current roster of players. There is only so much one can assume from the past as it isn’t always an accurate predictor of the future.

            Frankly, I don’t know when I predicted 9-3 but it was in the same post that I said I could see them anywhere from 6-6 to 10-2 and most likely 9-3. You love to research meaningless stuff, so have at it. I don’t think it is important.

          • Laker Rod

            Comparable past evidence? LOL!!! Past true frosh drop back QB isn’t comparable evidence? It’s better than what you have which is ZERO. All you go off of is wishful thinking.

          • ProbationU

            You simply don’t understand anything but the simplest statistics. Anything other than “name a freshman qb that has ever won a championship” is beyond your comprehension. So, live in your negative little world.

            By the way, you predicted Ishmael Adams would be starting against Virginia. Thanks for jinxing the kid. He had been beaten out for the CB position by Marcus Rios as reported by several outlets but was the nickel back…until Sunday night at least.

          • Laker Rod

            They are not simplest statistics. Simply would be any true frosh which would include running QB’s like Holieway from way back in 1985. He is not comparable to that of Josh Rosen. The wishbone has also been gone for a long time.

            It isn’t “negative”. They are simple logical and relevant facts.

            And Ish Adams was not beaten out. We would have started as a 5th DB. You just don’t get it. I responded to you in another post clarifying this point.

          • ProbationU

            5th DB is not a starting position. Last year Adams was a starting CB along with Moreau. This year it is Moreau and Rios at corner. Too tough to figure out?

            And they ARE simple facts of freshman quarterbacks. The only thing certain about Rosen is uncertainty. Matt Barkley’s performance has no impact, either positive or negative on Rosen. He starts with a clean slate.

          • Laker Rod

            Man. You don’t get it. Ish Adams played safety at times and nickel in 2014. Pay attention. When Ish was at safety…Rios or Willis was at CB. Do you even watch the games? Doesn’t appear so.

          • ProbationU

            It is a simple point that you don’t get. He lost his starting job. He would have still played a lot, but he wasn’t a starter. Tough for you to be wrong.

          • Laker Rod

            He was suspended and rightfully so.

            You obviously can’t admit you’re wrong about Ish playing multiple positions last year as well as starting all 13 games which all were not at CB you numbskull.

        • The Big Woof!

          Usual response, Rod, “Lame” (your typical response to any comment not agreeing with you). And you get on me and others for not being ‘creative.’ At least you limited your comments to just a few words instead of your usual interminable discourses. Yes, we will see and even if your facts are correct, there is always a first time for everything. And why do I take my time to get after you, because I love to “poke the bear, or the bare, as the case may be.”

          • Laker Rod

            Try responding with something substantive about UCLA football. Are you some type of board monitor or something. Is that all you’re capable of.

          • The Big Woof!

            Bear poked, successfully! Just sharing the obvious opinion that most who read this blog are sick and tired of your rants. Maybe I’m the Jr. High hall monitor and you’re the guy running thorough the hall who’ll get detention. Maybe I’m your deep subconscious pointing out your inadequacies. Maybe I’m just a guy seeking information and not getting enough. Maybe I’m St. Peter figuring out if you get thorough the pearly gates. Maybe I’m Louis Cypher, ha ha ha. In any case I know you’ll have a reply and I know you always have to have the last word, so let it rip.

          • Laker Rod

            They are not rants. They are logical UCLA football points. Interesting how you come over here and can’t even stick to the topic of discussion. Just personal attacks made by you.

          • The Big Woof!

            Bear well poked again. When the ‘facts’ are presented once or twice, that’s fine. But first you interject plenty of opinion along with the facts; and more pertinently when those ‘facts’ are presented ad infinitum they become very tedious. Let it go already, and let’s just see what happens. We all (except for the u$c trolls) want to see success from the UCLA football and basketball (which is my main interest), and all other Bruin sports programs, and I think Mora is on the right track and doing the best job since Tommy Prothro. Hopefully he can even approach the success of the great Red Sanders. Is that an OK topic of discussion for you?

          • Laker Rod

            It’s not my fault you idiots can’t seem to grasp facts and logic.

        • Ted

          So give me an example of an redshirt and gray shirted redshirt Jr QB that lead their team to an league championship? Are you suggesting that JN has a better chance to win as QB then JR?

          Optimum situation would have been for Hundley to return for his final year and for Rosen to red-shirt and start next year. But with the situation the way it is, Rosen is the best choice the Bruins have.

          • Laker Rod

            Are you kidding? Have you forgotten about Wayne Cook. As a redshirt junior , in 1993, Wayne Cook led UCLA to a conference championship. Keep in mind he did NOT play as a redshirt freshman.

            And I already mentioned about Brett staying for his senior year. He may have stayed had he not started his redshirt frosh year.

            A better situation also is that the UCLA coaches would have had a redshirt sophomore QB ready to take over. That QB was Asianti Woulard. He’s a QB which these same UCLA coaches recruited but failed to develop in 2.5 years. Makes you wonder how good Taylor Mazzone. Add in how Hundley didn’t develop much and was only a 5th rounder should make you wonder more.

          • UCLA owns LA Football

            I will agree the Hundley didn’t improve as much as he might have. But, I have a feeling Hundley’s progress may have been impeded due to his family and advisor interference.

        • USC Rah Rah’s Rule

          In 2010, Andrew Luck led Stanford to a 12–1 record, a # 4 ranking in the final AP Poll, and a victory in the Orange Bowl…….as a redshirt sophomore…..the year before, he lead Stanford to victories over 2 top 10 teams, Oregon and USC….granted, that was a run first offense, with Toby Gerhart leading the way…..

          • Laker Rod

            You’re talking about a “redshirt” freshman or redshirt sophomore….not a true frosh then true sophomore. Try again.

          • USC Rah Rah’s Rule

            Fair enough…. Bernie Kosar?

          • USC Rah Rah’s Rule

            Never mind…. Kosar was a redshirt freshman, too…….

          • Laker Rod

            Do you find this interesting?

            There is this mindset out there such that “Rosen is the future” and accordingly we play him now so he will be more ready for 2016 as a true sophomore.

            However…historical evidence is showing that starting a true frosh early doesn’t necessarily help. There are not that many successful true sophomores out there either who started as true freshmen.

            We’ll see what happens with Rosen.

    • Laker Rod

      Why would I have a heart attack. Already knew what the decision was.

  • bruinray97

    Finally! Congrats to Josh Rosen. I am glad that’s over with.

  • JerryCurlanIsNice

    Should be an interesting year…. Reminds me of Barkley going into the Horseshoe as a freshman and beating Ohio State on the final drive… These SoCal kids don’t get rattled.

    • USC Rah Rah’s Rule

      Now THAT would be an interesting game to watch, if Rosen were to face Ohio State in the Horseshoe as a freshman……

    • gotroy22

      Imagine what Pete could have done with Matt Barkley if he had stayed as SC head coach.

      • USC Rah Rah’s Rule

        He wouldn’t have had that matador, Aundrey Walker, playing Left Tackle, that’s for sure…

      • Sandy Underpants

        What’s there to imagine? The program went down the toilet because of the sanctions, and even if he was allowed to stay as head coach, the Trojans weren’t going anywhere because of the circumstances. Plus there would have never been a 50-0 for Barkley to hold as his biggest accomplishment, Pete would’ve made sure to let us score and we’d have to hear 100-6 forever.

    • Sandy Underpants

      Oh you gave me goosebumps. When UCLA marches into the hallowed grounds at Cavalier Stadium on Saturday (at night), and Cavman dots the “I” in script Virginia, we’ll soon know what JR is made of. Too bad the game is at home in Pasadena, there is no script Virginia, its at 12:35pm, CavMan is the real name of their mascot, Virginia totally stinks, and this is UCLA football not USC. If Josh wants a coming out party, I suggest any of the fine establishments on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood after the game Saturday. See you at the Abbey, Joshy *wink*.

  • MPPBruin

    One way or another, it’s going to be an interesting year.

  • Son of Yoda

    the real deal, Rosen is.

  • USC Rah Rah’s Rule

    This was the worst kept “secret” in Westwood, but it’s the obvious choice, given the options.

  • gotroy22

    I thought for sure you ruins would pull another JP Losman. Mora is much smarter than Toledo.