Nebraska coach Mike Riley praises UCLA QB Josh Rosen

Nebraska coach Mike Riley hasn’t had a chance to scout UCLA in depth yet, but knew the reputation of at least one player: Josh Rosen.

Riley will be coaching against the Bruins and their “outstanding freshman quarterback” — as he said of Rosen on Monday — on Dec. 26 in the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara. The former Oregon State coach recently talked to Washington’s Chris Petersen, who said of Rosen: “That guy is for real.”

Riley’s Nebraska tenure started off with a loss thanks to another freshman quarterback in BYU’s Tanner Mangum. Relieving injured starter Taysom Hill, Mangum ended his debut appearance with a 42-yard Hail Mary, giving the Cougars a 33-28 win in Lincoln, Neb.

Mangum finished the regular season with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions, completing 62.1 percent of his passes for 3,062 yards. Rosen heads into his first bowl game with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions to go with 3,350 yards on 59.5 percent passing.

  • Laker Rod

    Might as well add on to this. Tyler Magnum is 22 years old. He was part of the 2012 recruiting class and was on a 22 month mormon mission and just returned for the 2015 season. He greyshirted and was allowed to practice and learn BYU’s offense even before he left on his mormon mission. So he’s not a typical 18 year old true freshman so to speak.

    However…he did have “true freshman” performances. After losing 24-23 to UCLA where Josh Rosen threw 3 interceptions himself and Magnum threw 1 himself and was sacked 4 times…Magnum followed up with a 31-0 thrashing by Michigan where Magnum had 55 yards total passing.

    BYU finished 9-3, with their losses to UCLA, Michigan, and Missouri.