UCLA’s Josh Rosen was named a FWAA Freshman All-American today, an unsurprising development after one of the most impressive recent debuts in college football.
The five-star recruit more than lived up to expectations as the first true freshman to ever start a season opener behind center for the Bruins, breaking a slew of school records even as the team sputtered to a disappointing 8-5 record. While he certainly suffered growing pains — most notably against BYU and USC — he still set a program record by throwing 245 consecutive passes without an interception.
He finished the season with 3,669 passing yards and 23 touchdowns against 11 picks. No other major conference freshman was more prolific, though Middle Tennessee State’s Brent Stockstill and Boise State’s Brett Rypien had slightly better numbers.
Rosen is the fourth Bruin to make the FWAA Freshman All-America list in three years. Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes, linebacker Myles Jack, and offensive guard Alex Redmond were named in 2013. Vanderdoes is the only member of the trio that remains on the UCLA roster.