Josh Rosen will be under a bright spotlight this season for the Bruins. Photo by Michael Owen Baker.
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen does not shy away from controversial topics, whether it’s Donald Trump’s presidential campaign or the NCAA’s amateur rules.
His social media presence has gotten him into trouble previously, but Rosen is embracing the spotlight on and off the field.
“I’m on a platform that a lot of people wish they had,” Rosen told Houma Today while at the Manning Passing Academy, where he is a camp counselor this week. “I feel kind of a duty to stand up and speak for the masses and stand up for guys who maybe can’t. … I’m not just going to sit here and take everything in front of me and then go on and try to make my own money and do my own thing. I’m trying to make this place and this organization and this whole sport of football better.”
UCLA head coach Jim Mora previously expressed concern over his quarterback’s social media presence. He called Rosen’s trip to Trump’s golf course while wearing a “(expletive) Trump” hat a move that trended more toward Johnny Manziel than Tom Brady. The soon-to-be sophomore posted a controversial photo on Instagram after UCLA signed a record $280 million apparel deal, but later took it down.
Rosen also told the Louisiana newspaper he wants to win a national championship at UCLA and is confident in new offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu and quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo. In less than two months, we’ll get to see how it all unfolds on the field.
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