Josh Rosen officially named UCLA’s starting quarterback

Josh Rosen will be UCLA’s starting quarterback, head coach Jim Mora announced today.

The news comes more than eight months after the five-star freshman first enrolled as a Bruin, and ends a battle that pitted him against returning backup Jerry Neuheisel. Mora said he delivered the news to the quarterbacks this morning.

“You evaluate every little thing,” Mora said of the decision. “I can’t tell you that there’s a checklist, but you watch guys. … At some point, it just becomes apparent to you. You get a gut feeling. You’ve seen enough.”

UCLA, which returns its 10 other offensive starters, will opens the season against Virginia on Sept. 5 as the latest team to try and succeed with a true freshman behind center.

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Jim Mora: UCLA’s quarterback race will factor in player’s potential

UCLA has been loath to reveal much about its quarterback competition, but Jim Mora gave his strongest hint yet at his likely choice.

On Pac-12 Networks yesterday, the Bruins’ head coach said mentioned “potential” as one of the factors in deciding between redshirt junior Jerry Neuheisel and true freshman Josh Rosen — a statement that seems to point toward the latter choice. Continue reading

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UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone isn’t a ‘two-quarterback guy’

UCLA hasn’t settled on a starting quarterback yet, but offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone wanted to make this clear: He’s only going to stick with one.

“I’m not a two-quarterback guy,” he said. “Never have been. Whoever is our guy, when he’s out there, he’s our guy. And you have to go through the good times and the bad times and do all those things.

“I’m not one of those ones where, if somebody thinks his shoe comes untied and he bends over, he’s going to get yanked.”

The Bruins are still giving reps to both true freshman Josh Rosen and returning backup Jerry Neuheisel. Head coach Jim Mora said Tuesday that anyone who claims the competition is over is “1,000 percent wrong.”

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