» UCLA’s practice on Wednesday morning was another uneven one for the offense, with quarterback Mike Fafaul throwing four interceptions in the span of about 10 minutes.
Still, it was true freshman Josh Rosen who got the biggest earful. The five-star quarterback out of Bellflower St. John Bosco was running situational drills at the end of practice when head coach Jim Mora took issue with his sense of “urgency.” Mora yelled at him for a few minutes, telling him he wasn’t in high school anymore before remarking, “The anointed one!”
The coach eventually turned toward reporters and said: “You can tell all your readers! This is why there’s no starter named!”
Rosen did not appear to say anything back. Safety Jaleel Wadood, who also played with Rosen in high school, figured the outburst wouldn’t be a major issue for the quarterback.
“He never gets rattled,” Wadood said. “That’s what I like about him the most. Even when things are going tough, and everything’s not going his way, he’ll find a way to dig it out. He’s a pretty strong kid.”
» Left tackle Conor McDermott (knee) and center Jake Brendel (calf) both dressed for practice today, but spent most of the time working on the exercise bike. The same goes for running back Bolu Olorunfunmi, who had a pack of ice wrapped around his right ankle after practice.
Defensive end Takkarist McKinley left with an undisclosed injury, and was sitting in the medical tent for part of practice.