Changing of the guard

Josh Rosen (behind) and Mike Fafaul warm up before a game against Arizona on Oct. 1. Fafaul has now taken over the starting quarterback position since Rosen's season-ending shoulder surgery. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Josh Rosen (behind) and Mike Fafaul warm up before a game against Arizona on Oct. 1. Fafaul has now taken over the starting quarterback position since Rosen’s season-ending shoulder surgery.
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Receivers coach Eric Yarber calls the connection between a receiver and his quarterback the “you-to-me factor.” The “you” of that equation used to be Josh Rosen. Now it’s Mike Fafaul.

The change at quarterback is far from the reason why UCLA went on its four-game losing streak, but it had coincided with a change in how receivers are being used in the offense.

Below is a breakdown of the number of catches by receivers/tight ends from passes thrown by either Rosen or Fafaul this season. It does not include receptions from running backs and it does not include the one pass Fafaul threw toward the end of the UNLV game (which was complete to walk-on receiver Brad Sochowski). Continue reading

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Josh Rosen says shoulder surgery ‘went 10-times better’ than imagined

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen posted a photo on Instagram on Tuesday afternoon, one day after he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery, thanking head coach Jim Mora for a surprise visit and what looks like cheesecake.

Rosen wrote that Mora is a mentor for a “young immature kid like me to look up to.”

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Report: Josh Rosen likely out for season

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen limps off the field after an NCAA college football game against Arizona State Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State defeated UCLA 23-20. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen limps off the field after an NCAA college football game against Arizona State Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State defeated UCLA 23-20. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

UPDATED: JIM MORA DENIES NERVE DAMAGE, DOES NOT RULE JOSH ROSEN OUT FOR SEASON

Bruin Report Online reported Tuesday morning that quarterback Josh Rosen is likely out for the rest of the season with a severe shoulder sprain that resulted in some nerve damage.

Rosen missed two games after suffering the injury in the closing minutes against Arizona State. He has been limited in practice since, including some very labored throws last Saturday, and did not even appear present during the open period the previous two days. The Bruins (3-5, 1-4 Pac-12) have four games left during the regular season.

According to BRO, the injury is “potentially serious” with very little method to determine if or when Rosen will regain normal nerve activity. The recovery time for previous quarterbacks with the injury ranged from several weeks to multiple months with surgery.

Fifth-year senior Mike Fafaul will take the starting quarterback position for the remainder of the year if Rosen doesn’t return. Fafaul is 68 for 122 for 779 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions this season.

*For those wondering, I don’t think Rosen would be granted a medical redshirt because those are usually reserved for players who suffered their season-ending injury within the first three games of the season (the first quarter of the year). Similar to how LB Josh Woods didn’t get a redshirt after only playing one game last year because it happened late in the year.

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Weekly Q&A – Washington State answers

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Do you think Mike Fafaul’s performance against Arizona State will affect the Bruins’ quarterback depth chart going forward?

I think the Bruins have hitched their wagon to Fafaul as the second-string quarterback. It’s a scary proposition, especially considering how tough his first meaningful minutes were last week, but this is the conundrum that UCLA asked for. The coaching staff didn’t manage its roster properly — it didn’t help them that Jerry Neuheisel left with a year of eligibility remaining — and now they’re stuck with a fifth-year senior former walk-on and a handful of true freshmen who have been on the scout team all year. Both Matt Lynch and Devon Modster are likely more physically talented than Fafaul, but it would be a sticky situation to burn one of their redshirts and throw them into the fire now. It’s a risky move, and while I haven’t been around the coaching staff for very long, they don’t strike me as a risk-it-for-the-biscuit group, especially on offense. They’re stubborn — like most coaches — and can try to force things to work instead of self-scouting and being flexible to finding a different way for things to work. Maybe if the defense plays out-of-this-world and gives the team a good chance to win it, the coaches might bring in one of the freshmen to give a spark, but I don’t know how likely that would be.

As for the pecking order behind Fafaul, I think it’s Modster, then Lynch. Dymond Lee is not in the mix as he was hurt for a fair amount of time earlier this season. Continue reading

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Video: Josh Rosen, Boss Tagaloa, J.J. Molson

Quarterback Josh Rosen talks about settling into the offense, his work at the line of scrimmage and who comes to the weekly lineman dinners.

Defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa talks about learning from Eli Ankou and Eddie Vanderdoes, what he wants to improve on and how he feels he’s adjusted to college football.

Kicker J.J. Molson talks about what happened on his three “unacceptable” misses, what it felt like to see his kick bounce off the top of the upright last week and the deal behind his shoes.

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