UCLA links: Josh Rosen named to O’Brien Award Watch List

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

UCLA’s Josh Rosen is one of four Pac-12 quarterbacks named to the watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award, which honors the nation’s top quarterback.

The SEC had the most nominations for a single conference with six, and the ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 each had four on the 30-man watch list. USC’s Sam Darnold, Washington’s Jake Browning and Washington State’s Luke Falk were also named to this year’s watch list.

Before a shoulder injury derailed his sophomore season, Rosen was the first true freshman to be named a semifinalist for the O’Brien Award since USC’s Matt Barkley in 2009. Troy Aikman won UCLA’s only O’Brien Award in 1988.

A list of the Bruins included on watch lists so far:

  • Josh Rosen (Maxwell — best college playerl O’Brien — best quarterback)
  • Kenny Young (Bednarik — best defensive player; Butkus — best linebacker; Wuerffel — best community servant)
  • Scott Quessenberry (Rimington — best center; Outland — best interior lineman)
  • Austin Roberts (Mackey — best tight end)
  • Jaleel Wadood (Thorpe — best defensive back)

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UCLA football 2017 schedule preview: Colorado

Colorado running back Phillip Lindsay, front, celebrates after scoring a touchdown against UCLA during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado at UCLA
Saturday, Sept. 30 | Rose Bowl

Colorado ascended from the Pac-12 South cellar to the Pac-12 Championship Game in just one year. On social media, the Buffaloes (10-4, 8-1 Pac-12 last year) dubbed the stunning climb “The Rise.” This year, the team’s defining social media phrase demands that the Buffaloes “never stop rising.”

“They know they can do it now,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said on the first day of spring practice. “Last year everybody was laughing at us. Now we want to go do it. We didn’t finish it last year.”

No team has ever won back-to-back Pac-12 South titles and no Pac-12 South team has won the conference championship. UCLA is the only team to represent the South in the Pac-12 championship game in back-to-back years, but participated in the 2011 game because USC was ineligible for postseason competition.

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Men’s basketball: Hall of Fame Classic championship matchups set

Center Thomas Welsh’s is  UCLA’s only returning starter from last year’s team that made it to the Sweet 16. (Harry How/Getty Images)

UCLA finalized its 2017-18 nonconference schedule Tuesday as the Hall of Fame Classic filled out its championship round pairings. The Bruins will face Creighton in the opening game of the championship round on Nov. 20 in Kansas City, Mo., at 6:30 p.m. PT, then face either Baylor or Wisconsin on Nov. 21.

UCLA, Creighton, Baylor and Wisconsin are the host participants for the Hall of Fame Classic and will each play two games at home before advancing to the championship round in Kansas City.

Creighton (25-10 last year) shared an NCAA Regional host with UCLA, but lost to 11th-seeded Rhode Island in the first round of the tournament in Sacramento. Baylor (27-8) and Wisconsin (29-9) both lost in the Sweet 16.

With the selection committee placing greater emphasis on road wins this year, the Hall of Fame Classic’s potential matchups guarantees UCLA a valuable neutral game against an opponent that finished last year in the top 16. Wisconsin was ranked 16th in the final AP Poll while Baylor was No. 12. A neutral game against a top-50 team is included in the most valuable games for a team during selection time, according to the committee’s revised criteria. Other games in that top category include home games against top-30 teams and road games against teams in the top 75.

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Kenny Young named to Wuerffel Award Watch List

Linebacker Kenny Young was named to the Wuerffel Award,
honoring football players who excel at community service, athletics and academics. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)

Kenny Young already earned two watch list nominations for his on-field play and the senior linebacker added a third Tuesday for his off-field work.

Young was named to the watch list for the Wuerffel Award, which honors the FBS player who best combines community service with athletic and academic achievement.

Young was awarded the 2017 Academic & Student Services Success Award at UCLA, which is given to student-athletes who have developed into self-sufficient learners. He is also a three-time Dean’s List Member (Fall 2016, Winter 2017 and Spring 2017).

A list of the Bruins included on watch lists so far:

  • Josh Rosen (Maxwell — best college player)
  • Kenny Young (Bednarik — best defensive player; Butkus — best linebacker; Wuerffel — best community servant)
  • Scott Quessenberry (Rimington — best center; Outland — best interior lineman)
  • Austin Roberts (Mackey — best tight end)
  • Jaleel Wadood (Thorpe — best defensive back)
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Lonzo Ball named NBA Summer League MVP as Lakers win championship

The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, center, celebrates with teammate Kyle Kuzma, right, after the Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 110-98 in an NBA summer league championship basketball game, Monday, July 17, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Lonzo Ball didn’t play in the Lakers’ 110-98 NBA Summer League championship win over the Portland Trailblazers, but the former UCLA point guard still claimed league MVP honors Monday in Las Vegas.

Ball was held out due to a calf injury Monday, but averaged 16.3 points, 9.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds in his six games. Travis Wear, another former Bruin, also helped the Lakers to their summer league championship.

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