UCLA football links: Josh Rosen as Heisman sleeper?

Josh Rosen talks to yhe media during spring camp. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

Josh Rosen talks to the media during spring camp. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

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Jerry Neuheisel playing professional football in Japan

Jerry Neuheisel is the only UCLA quarterback with significant game experience, but few consider him the favorite to win the starting spot. (Andy Holzman/Staff)

After playing at UCLA, Jerry Neuheisel moved to Japan and is now playing professionally with the Obic Seagulls. (Andy Holzman/Staff)

The eight former UCLA players who were drafted in this year’s NFL Draft and the four more who signed as undrafted free agents aren’t the only former Bruins embarking on professional football careers right now.

Former UCLA quarterback Jerry Neuheisel is currently playing professionally in Japan’s Obic Seagulls after he passed on his final year of eligibility with the Bruins.

The Japan Times caught up with Neuheisel after he played a spring tournament game this past weekend against the All-Mitsubishi Lions. He tossed a 67-yard touchdown pass on his first play, but also threw two interceptions during the game.

He told The Japan Times that he was “pleasantly surprised” with the talent in Japan after only a few weeks of practice, adding that it’s “second to none.”

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Jim Mora, Josh Rosen make SCNG list of 50 most powerful in Southern California sports

Jim Mora (left) and Josh Rosen are among the region's most powerful people in sports.

Jim Mora (left) and Josh Rosen are among the region’s most powerful people in sports.

The Southern California News Group released the first installment of its 50 most powerful in Southern California Sports on Tuesday, with UCLA head coach Jim Mora and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen both making the list.

Mora checked in at No. 31 and Rosen slipped in at No. 50.

Here’s the first list of who made the cut, from No. 31-50.

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UCLA football links: Athlon Sports puts Bruins at No. 15

UCLA football head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after practice. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

UCLA football head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after practice. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

    • Athlon Sports put UCLA at No. 15 in its preseason Top 25. The Bruins are the third-highest Pac-12 team in the rankings, with Washington checking in at No. 11 and Stanford at No. 12. USC (No. 23) and Oregon (No. 24) are also on the list.
    • At Jim Mora‘s charity event this weekend, Bruins Nation caught up with former UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman to talk about his advice to Josh Rosen.
    • Also at Mora’s event, UCLA quarterbacks coach and former Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo showed some love to his alma mater (and Mora’s and — full disclosure — mine) with NBA player Spencer Hawes, who played one year at the UW.

Go Dawgs!

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Jim Mora talks offensive changes, new coaches and Josh Rosen with Sports Illustrated

UCLA head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after the first day of spring practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

UCLA head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after the first day of spring practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

Jim Mora talked with Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel about UCLA’s spring practice, the changes to the offense, Josh Rosen‘s high intellect and the coaching changes during the offseason.

Mora said the coaching staff studied NFL offenses from teams like Denver, New England, Green Bay and New Orleans while constructing the new offense to look at pace of play. Those teams, Mora said, sometimes huddle and other times hand the reins over to the quarterback to run a hurry-up offense. The shift in offensive philosophy is to maximize Rosen’s skill set and was already in the works when former offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone was still with the Bruins, Mora said.

Read more from Mora’s interview with SI here.

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