UCLA QB Josh Rosen named Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) had three turnovers in Saturday's loss to USC, but still finished as the Pac-12's best offensive freshman. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) had three turnovers in Saturday’s loss to USC, but still finished as the Pac-12’s best offensive freshman. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen was named the Pac-12’s Freshman Offensive Player of the Year, an unsurprising development given his stellar first season behind center for the Bruins.

On the way to completing 59.5 percent of his passes for 3,350 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions, Rosen also set a school record by throwing 245 consecutive pass attempts without a pick. He also set a new UCLA single-game mark with 34 completions against Cal on Oct. 22.

USC linebacker Cameron Smith was the conference’s top defensive freshman, while Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner were named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively.

Stanford’s David Shaw and Washington State’s Mike Leach shared the league’s top coaching honor.

Earlier on Tuesday, UCLA placed nose tackle Kenny Clark on the All-Pac-12 first team, as well as seven other players on the second team.

  • 88 Straight

    Well done, Josh. You have a bright future at UCLA!

  • EncinitasBruin

    Well deserved, JR. The Bruin family is proud of your accomplishments, and excited about the coming years. Go Bruins!

    • http://johnwolcottlaw.com john wolcott

      I bet those votes came before the Rosen meltdown against the only team that matters in SUCLA lore, the SC Trojans.

      Let’s count the ways: devastating fumble for a Trojan touchdown that turns the tide of the game.

      And then 5 plays later a feeble interception that SC turns into a td and a runaway score of 33-21.

      Finally, still another interception and the final score is 40-21.

      SC was toastin’ Rosen so badly that he became Roastin’ Rosen.

      Live that one down for the next year, freshman SUCLA “phenom.”

      • EncinitasBruin

        Thanks, John, for taking the time to express your fervent and heartfelt thoughts. Stay classy, buddy, and good luck against the Cardinal.

        • http://johnwolcottlaw.com john wolcott

          I had to let one loose one time ol’ Encinitas.

          • EncinitasBruin

            I get it. We lost 12 out of 13 in a row…

          • 88 Straight

            EB…is that Trojan logic? WE lost 12 out of 13 in a row? My suspicion is that you are trying to get down to Lawyer John’s level!

          • EncinitasBruin

            Bingo

      • j metaphor

        Walnut?
        Didn’t know you ventured off the Troyjan message boards! Welcome!
        SC finally won, so congratulations.
        Your streak, however continues, You are still a very boring, creepy little man.
        As to your new coach, well, I think both SC and UCLA football got have something to celebrate this weekend…….
        Bore on!

        • http://johnwolcottlaw.com john wolcott

          …”boring, creepy little man?”

          I am not little!

          • j metaphor

            That’s funny, Walnut. You do have a sense of humor after all.

      • Hogsman

        You mean “forbear”.

        • Just Owns

          Walnut’s a Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum (4F) KU scholar.

          • http://johnwolcottlaw.com john wolcott

            We are just 2 peas in a pod, Just Owns.

        • http://johnwolcottlaw.com john wolcott

          Old spellings or the ways of England’s English make do.

          • Hogsman

            Nice try, but “forebear” has always meant “ancestor” in English and has never been an alternative spelling for “forbear” when it is used to mean “to hold back from doing something”.

          • http://johnwolcottlaw.com john wolcott

            Touche Hogsman. I tried greasing my way out of that jam. I did change the spelling after your assault.

            You should have been a lawyer. I would never have been able to defeat you in court.

          • Hogsman

            You seem more of a computer guy than an attorney – attorneys deal with forbearances quite often and definitely know the correct spelling.

      • Just Owns

        Walnut, will look for you on Wolf’s discuss the Stanford game.

      • Laker Rod

        Even with the SC game…overall Josh Rosen had a very good year….for a “freshman”. I can’t think of any other freshman who did better on offense in the conference.

  • j metaphor

    Josh,
    Congratulations on recognition that I’m sure you would trade for a win last weekend.
    Remember how it felt, Josh and I know you won’t feel that way ever again after a SoCal game.
    Keep your chin up, get out there and recruit!