Josh Rosen takes teaching role at Steve Clarkson QB camp

UCLA Bruins’ quarterback Josh Rosen fires a pass during the second half against Stanford Cardinal at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Saturday, September 24, 2016. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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.”

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UCLA softball heading to third straight World Series

UCLA softball players celebrate their 1-0 win over Ole Miss that sent them to the Women’s College World Series. (Photo by Katie Meyers)

UCLA plowed its way through the playoffs to the Super Regional on Friday with the long ball. But when the Bruins needed one win to earn their third straight Women’s College World Series berth, they did it the old-fashioned way: with pitching and defense.

No. 5 UCLA beat No. 12 Mississippi on Friday 1-0 thanks to a strong combined pitching effort from Selina Ta’amilo and Rachel Garcia and team defense.

READ: UCLA heads to Oklahoma City

“We’re hitting all cylinders and it’s a big part of what has made UCLA softball the program that we are,” head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez said. “It’s based on the ability for us to have pitching. It all starts in the circle. Defense wins championships.”

Madeline Jelenicki’s two-out RBI single in the first inning was all the scoring UCLA needed as Ta’amilo started in the circle and pitched three innings while giving up three hits. Garcia entered in relief and tossed four hitless innings to earn the win.

The Bruins are the first team to punch their ticket to Oklahoma City this year and will play the winner of the Tallahassee Super Regional between LSU and Florida State in the World Series, which begins June 1.

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UCLA football links: 100 days until kickoff

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) scrambles past Boss Tagaloa (75) during the UCLA football Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

UCLA football’s season is officially 100 days away.

Here are a few links to start the extremely early prep before UCLA begins its 2017 season against Texas A&M on Sept. 3 at the Rose Bowl.

  • Athlon Sports has nine UCLA players on its preseason All-Pac-12 teamsScott Quessenberry is the lone first-team  nomination. Kenny Young and Jaleel Wadood were named to the second team. Josh Rosen is the fourth-team quarterback.
  • USA Today named Jim Mora as one of six coaches who need to get better in 2017.
  • UCLA commit AJ Carter talks to the Shreveport Times in Louisiana about why he chose the Bruins
  • UCLA paired with Team Impact, a Boston nonprofit organization, to recruit two brothers, Alonzo Maus, 12, and Angelo, 16. Alonzo has sensory integration disorder and Angelo has spina bifida, and after the brothers signed with the Bruins this past Monday, they will attend team practices, meetings and games.

Team Impact – UCLA from Matt Baker on Vimeo.

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UCLA softball outlasts Ole Miss in 11 innings

An RBI single from Madeline Jelenicki in the 11th inning sealed UCLA’s thrilling 8-7 win over Mississippi in the NCAA Super Regional on Thursday after the Bruins came back twice on their last out at Easton Stadium.

READ: UCLA wins Super Regional opener with walk-off

Bubba Nickles rescued the Bruins with a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the 10th inning that answered a two-run single from Ole Miss in the top of the frame. Delaney Spaulding‘s run scored on a wild pitch with two outs extended the game in the seventh inning.

Pitcher Rachel Garcia went from no-hitter to near-disaster in the sixth inning when she gave up five runs that erased UCLA’s early four-run lead. The redshirt freshman threw a career-high 232 pitches in 11 innings, while giving up career-worsts in walks (five), hits (11) and runs (seven). Her 12 strikeouts are a career-best.

UCLA can clinch its third straight Women’s College World Series berth with a win Friday at 6 p.m. at Easton Stadium.

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Kylee Perez sets high standard for UCLA softball

Junior Kylee Perez leads UCLA in hitting heading into this weekend’s Super Regional against Mississippi. (Photo courtesy Katie Meyers)

Kylee Perez is a shortstop by nature, but the junior has turned into a formidable second baseman for UCLA.

While leading her team in hitting, Perez earned her first All-Pac-12 Defensive Team honor this year as her pairing with shortstop Delaney Spaulding proved to be the strength of UCLA’s team.

“There’s a mentality and a physicality about the second basemen in our program,” head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez said. “They have this ability to be scrappy, high IQ, do whatever it takes for the team. It’s a unique position, but Kylee does an outstanding job playing it.”

Perez can sometimes be overshadowed on a team bursting with stars, but she is the unquestioned emotional leader for the fifth-seeded Bruins who host No. 12 Mississippi this weekend in an NCAA Super Regional.

More on how Perez sets the tone for the Bruins 

NCAA SOFTBALL SUPER REGIONAL

  • No. 5 UCLA (45-12) vs. No. 12 Mississippi (43-18)
  • Easton Stadium
  • Thursday, 6 p.m., ESPN
  • Friday, 6 p.m., ESPNU
  • Saturday, 4 p.m., ESPN (if necessary)
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