Josh Rosen takes teaching role at Steve Clarkson QB camp

UCLA Bruins’ quarterback Josh Rosen fires a pass during the second half against Stanford Cardinal at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Saturday, September 24, 2016. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

After two years of relentless scrutiny and underwhelming results, life is starting to slow down a little bit for Josh Rosen.

“Life’s pretty simple up to this point,” Rosen said on the phone while serving as a counselor at Steve Clarkson’s quarterback retreat this weekend.

The rising junior is one of several top college quarterbacks at the two-day camp in Coronado this weekend serving as counselors for prospects from third to 12th grade. He’s joined by Louisville’s Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, Michigan’s Wilton Speight and Georgia’s Jacob Eason, among others.

“Being here for the kids, they can have some guys to look up to and see where it could all work out,” Rosen said of his role at the camp. “As counselors, we’re just here to help them out but also to network with each other and make friends and put names to faces to make this quarterback fraternity tighter around the country.”

Rosen’s simpler life is a natural byproduct of being in his third year at UCLA, he said. He knows what to expect from each phase of the year. He’s ditched dorm life for an apartment and refined his diet (no more gluten).

With about two months left until training camp opens, Rosen is still organizing player-run practices with his teammate. They’ve had seven sessions so far and he sees everyone “buying in a little bit more.”

“As we go into camp, we don’t want to miss a beat,” Rosen said. “We don’t want to spin our tires for three days until we actually start moving. We want to get to our first day and be productive with our first step.”

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UCLA football links: Kenny Young on Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list

PASADENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 24: Kenny Young #42 of the UCLA Bruins returns his interception as he looks for a block from Adarius Pickett #6 during the first quarter against the Stanford Cardinal at Rose Bowl on September 24, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

UCLA middle linebacker Kenny Young was one of 42 players named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list on Friday.

Young, who is coming off a breakout junior year with the Bruins, was sixth in the Pac-12 in tackling last year with 90 total tackles (7.5 per game). He had five sacks, which ranked second on the team, one interception and three fumble recoveries. With the departure of the conference’s leading tackler Jayon Brown, Young will be the centerpiece of UCLA’s linebacking unit this season.

Young would be the third UCLA linebacker to win the Lott Trophy, which recognizes the top defensive player in the country while also celebrating the player’s off-the-field characteristics. Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks won the award in back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

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Video: Josh Rosen and Scott Quessenberry

Quarterback Josh Rosen talks about his rehab process, returning to the field after surgery and his motivations for this year.

Center Scott Quessenberry talks about working under new offensive line coach Hank Fraley, new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch‘s system and welcoming Rosen back. Continue reading “Video: Josh Rosen and Scott Quessenberry” »

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Josh Rosen’s Heisman odds

UCLA's Josh Rosen fumbles the ball as Arizona State's JoJo Wicker, middle, and Salamo Fiso moves in to make a recovery during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

UCLA’s Josh Rosen fumbles the ball as Arizona State’s JoJo Wicker, middle, and Salamo Fiso moves in to make a recovery during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Despite coming off shoulder surgery, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is among Bovada’s leaders for the 2017 Heisman Trophy.

The Las Vegas oddsmaker set Rosen’s Heisman odds at 12/1, which is tied for eighth in the country with Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph and Alabama’s Jalen Hurts.

The UCLA quarterback will be working under his third offensive coordinator in as many years this season as Jedd Fisch took over the position earlier this month.

Rosen’s chances are the third-highest for a Pac-12 quarterback behind USC’s Sam Darnold (9/1) and Washington’s Jake Browning (10/1). Washington State’s Luke Falk also makes the list at 35/1.

Bovada's Heisman Odds as of Jan. 23, 2017

Bovada’s Heisman Odds as of Jan. 23, 2017

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