After two years of relentless scrutiny and underwhelming results, life is starting to slow down a little bit for Josh Rosen.
“Life’s pretty simple up to this point,” Rosen said on the phone while serving as a counselor at Steve Clarkson’s quarterback retreat this weekend.
The rising junior is one of several top college quarterbacks at the two-day camp in Coronado this weekend serving as counselors for prospects from third to 12th grade. He’s joined by Louisville’s Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, Michigan’s Wilton Speight and Georgia’s Jacob Eason, among others.
“Being here for the kids, they can have some guys to look up to and see where it could all work out,” Rosen said of his role at the camp. “As counselors, we’re just here to help them out but also to network with each other and make friends and put names to faces to make this quarterback fraternity tighter around the country.”
Rosen’s simpler life is a natural byproduct of being in his third year at UCLA, he said. He knows what to expect from each phase of the year. He’s ditched dorm life for an apartment and refined his diet (no more gluten).
With about two months left until training camp opens, Rosen is still organizing player-run practices with his teammate. They’ve had seven sessions so far and he sees everyone “buying in a little bit more.”
“As we go into camp, we don’t want to miss a beat,” Rosen said. “We don’t want to spin our tires for three days until we actually start moving. We want to get to our first day and be productive with our first step.”