UCLA football training camp day 14: Christian Pabico seizes moment

Christian Pabico hauls in a pass during practice on Aug. 15, 2017. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/SCNG)

After three years of being a loyal scout-team member, Christian Pabico is finally getting his chance. The walk-on receiver has turned into a star of training camp, rising from fourth string to potential starter in two weeks.

He’s worked with the No. 1 offense since the sixth day of practice. He catches the ball consistently. He runs the right routes. He knows the playbook. He does everything right and that’s why everyone on his team loves him.

“It’s the fourth year for him and a lot of the walk-ons battle their butts off every single day,” quarterback Josh Rosen said. “He kind of waited for this shot patiently for years and here it is and he’s seizing the moment.”

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Will Josh Rosen stay next year? Jim Mora says yes

Josh Rosen during practice. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/SCNG)

UCLA head coach Jim Mora told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday that he believes junior quarterback Josh Rosen will stay at UCLA for his senior year.

“I want a disclaimer, I have an option to change my opinion,” Mora told Pete Thamel. “But as we sit here right now, I can really honestly say I don’t think he’s going to leave.”

Mora cited Rosen’s relationship with new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch as one of the reasons why the quarterback might stay, despite being a projected top-5 pick in the NFL Draft. Fisch, who has coached a different starting quarterback in each season since 2009, said recently in a passing comment that he’s hoping to break that streak this year.

“There have been a lot of new quarterbacks, man,” Fisch said.

“Really hoping for two years with this one, though,” he added with a small chuckle. “I’ll tell you that. Write that.”

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UCLA football training camp day 13: Josh Rosen, offense hit their stride

Josh Rosen (3) breaks the huddle at practice on Aug. 15, 2017. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/SCNG/Press Telegram)

Josh Rosen returned to the field months ago, but the junior quarterback has just recently starting feeling like his old self again. For UCLA, it’s a long-awaited good sign.

“I had my worst day of camp that one night practice we had (Aug. 8) and since then, something just kind of clicked,” Rosen said. “I think our offense is really starting to get the hang of it and we’re starting to move in the right direction.”

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