How Josh Rosen became UCLA’s starting quarterback

UCLA named Josh Rosen (3) its starting quarterback this week, picking the true freshman over redshirt junior Jerry Neuheisel (11).(Will Lester/Staff)

UCLA named Josh Rosen (3) its starting quarterback this week, picking the true freshman over redshirt junior Jerry Neuheisel (11). (Will Lester/Staff)

Two days ago, UCLA officially named Josh Rosen its starting quarterback, tying up the one loose end in the Bruins’ offseason storyline. A week from now, when their season opens against Virginia at the Rose Bowl, all eyes will be on the true freshman out of Bellflower St. John Bosco.

Here’s a look back at the five-star recruit’s path to the top of the depth chart, starting from his verbal commitment over a year ago.

March 20, 2014 — The scene from Rosen’s commitment to UCLA at St. John Bosco, a ceremony that saw him pull out three Bruin hats.

Aug. 8, 2014 — Our comprehensive look at what makes Rosen tick, featuring graphics and video.

Dec. 13, 2014 — Rosen is named the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Dream Team Player of the Year.

Feb. 3, 2015 — UCLA prepares for a National Signing Day, but its biggest prize has already been secured.

April 23, 2015 — After nearly four weeks of spring camp, Rosen claims that his biggest challenges as a college athlete have come off the field.

July 23, 2015 — Past quarterbacks who started as true freshmen dispense advice on how to succeed as a first-year player in the spotlight.

Aug. 19, 2015 — Jim Mora lights into Rosen at the end of one practice at Cal State San Bernardino. A day later, the coach called himself an “asshole” — and sounded almost proud of it.

Aug. 26, 2015 — Mora officially names Rosen the starter, but spends several minutes heaping praise on backup quarterback Jerry Neuheisel.

Aug. 27, 2015 — This is Rosen’s offense now, but Neuheisel will serve an important function on the team as well.

  • jameskatt

    Yay! Congratulations Josh! Now give us an 8-Clap and 12 Wins this season. Bruins!

  • Sandy Underpants

    I could read Josh Rosen’s rich UCLA legacy for hours on end. Thanks for putting it in print. Now he will be remembered. Godspeed.

  • Laker Rod

    And of course had Josh Rosen had stellar numbers and clearly shown to be superior to Jerry N in the final fall scrimmage….this would have been reported within the time line also but in reality Jerry N. by all reports out performed Josh Rosen so this portion is simply and conveniently left out.

    No mention of Josh Rosen’s 3 turnovers either.

    • ProbationU

      It’s very simple. Rosen was WAY ahead of the competition after Spring. That is why Woulard transferred. It was his job to lose and even though Neuheisel did better in one scrimmage, it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit. Most people knew it was going to be Rosen and it wasn’t a surprise to anyone.

      Mora’s win percentage is .725 at UCLA thus far. I trust his judgment over yours. In your ideal scenario, Neuheisel would start, Fafaul would be the backup and Rosen would redshirt. That was never going to happen. Sorry. but Mora wasn’t starting Breahaut over Hundley, nor will he start Neuheisel over Rosen. However, I am encouraged by Jerry’s performance. I feel better about our backup QB now.

      • Laker Rod

        No he wasn’t. If he was so ahead how come Rosen couldn’t prove it in the final fall scrimmage. FAIL.

        Mora has not won any conference championship. End of story.

        You idiots used to say the same thing about Toledo, Dorrell, and RN. PU trusts them more. Where are they now. LOL!

        • ProbationU

          I trust them ALL more than you and I am sure they are all doing better than Laker Rod.

          • Laker Rod

            You sure about that? None of them have had a decent head coaching job since they got fired from UCLA.

          • ProbationU

            And what have you got? You get to sit around and complain about people that are much smarter than you and know much more about football than you. ALL OF THEM! Dorrell was an accomplished player and has a coaching job in the NFL. Toledo just retired from coaching. Neuheisel was a Rose Bowl MVP and is doing a fine job with the CBS Sports Network.

            What is Laker Rod doing? Criticizing those who have actually accomplished something and having nothing positive to contribute.

          • Laker Rod

            You don’t get it. Coaches are not always right and they do make mistakes. Considering they were all fired..you can’t honestly believe they didn’t make any mistakes and we right.

            They all made bad decisions and you know it.

          • ProbationU

            They made plenty of mistakes. But they are all much smarter than you.