VIDEO: Jerry Neuheisel prepares for another year at backup QB

After backing up Brett Hundley, UCLA quarterback Jerry Neuheisel will now do the same for true freshman Josh Rosen.

The redshirt junior, whom head coach Jim Mora showered with praise yesterday, said he’s approaching the role the same way he always has.

“As a player, you’ve got to respect it,” Neuheisel said. “You don’t have to agree with it, but you have to respect it. What the head coach wants, the head coach gets. It’s our job to make sure we go get him the ‘W’ every time.”

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VIDEO: Josh Rosen ready to be UCLA’s starting quarterback

One day after Josh Rosen was officially named UCLA’s starting quarterback, he stood in front of the media and emphasized that he’s ready to lead the nation’s No. 13 team.

“I think coming out of high school, you have to think you are (ready to start),” he said. “Because if you’re not, you don’t deserve the job. There’s a difference between confidence and arrogance, and I like to think I can dance that line pretty well.”

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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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