Four-star quarterback Devon Modster commits to UCLA

UCLA has landed a commitment from four-star quarterback Devon Modster, shoring up depth chart that looked very thin behind soon-to-be sophomore star Josh Rosen.

The Tesoro High standout was selected for the OC Register’s All-County team this past season, throwing for 3,355 yards and 25 touchdowns while accounting for 14 of his team’s 29 rushing scores. He had committed to Arizona in April, but reopened his recruitment on New Year’s Eve. After taking a visit to UCLA this past weekend, Modster announced for the Bruins on Monday afternoon.

The 6-foot-1, 217-pound dual threat is ranked by Scout.com as the fourth-best 2016 quarterback in California, and is UCLA’s second commitment at the position. Three-star prospect Matt Lynch signed a financial aid agreement with the Bruins, and is expected to enroll for spring quarter.

Besides Rosen, the only other quarterback on UCLA’s roster with any experience is former walk-on Mike Fafaul, who has thrown four career passes for 24 yards.

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UCLA QB Josh Rosen named FWAA Freshman All-American

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) was named to the FWAA Freshman All-American, becoming the fourth Bruin to make the list in three years. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) was named a FWAA Freshman All-American, becoming the fourth Bruin to make the list in three years. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

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.

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Nebraska coach Mike Riley praises UCLA QB Josh Rosen

Nebraska coach Mike Riley hasn’t had a chance to scout UCLA in depth yet, but knew the reputation of at least one player: Josh Rosen.

Riley will be coaching against the Bruins and their “outstanding freshman quarterback” — as he said of Rosen on Monday — on Dec. 26 in the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara. The former Oregon State coach recently talked to Washington’s Chris Petersen, who said of Rosen: “That guy is for real.”

Riley’s Nebraska tenure started off with a loss thanks to another freshman quarterback in BYU’s Tanner Mangum. Relieving injured starter Taysom Hill, Mangum ended his debut appearance with a 42-yard Hail Mary, giving the Cougars a 33-28 win in Lincoln, Neb.

Mangum finished the regular season with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions, completing 62.1 percent of his passes for 3,062 yards. Rosen heads into his first bowl game with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions to go with 3,350 yards on 59.5 percent passing.

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UCLA QB Josh Rosen named Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) had three turnovers in Saturday's loss to USC, but still finished as the Pac-12's best offensive freshman. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) had three turnovers in Saturday’s loss to USC, but still finished as the Pac-12’s best offensive freshman. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen was named the Pac-12’s Freshman Offensive Player of the Year, an unsurprising development given his stellar first season behind center for the Bruins.

On the way to completing 59.5 percent of his passes for 3,350 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions, Rosen also set a school record by throwing 245 consecutive pass attempts without a pick. He also set a new UCLA single-game mark with 34 completions against Cal on Oct. 22.

USC linebacker Cameron Smith was the conference’s top defensive freshman, while Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner were named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively.

Stanford’s David Shaw and Washington State’s Mike Leach shared the league’s top coaching honor.

Earlier on Tuesday, UCLA placed nose tackle Kenny Clark on the All-Pac-12 first team, as well as seven other players on the second team.

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UCLA-USC roundup: Josh Rosen looks like a freshman in Bruin loss

In case you missed it, here’s all our coverage from UCLA’s 40-21 loss to USC yesterday at the Coliseum …

» UCLA’s offense sputtered early against USC, due in large part to the Bruins’ struggles against an unexpected dose of man coverage.
» Josh Rosen looked like a freshman against the Trojans, completing 19 of 37 passes and throwing two interceptions. “Yeah he looked flustered,” said receiver Thomas Duarte. “The interception, the fumble, it got to him.”
» USC’s running backs didn’t find the end zone, but the got some key yards against a weary UCLA defense.
» The Trojans’ win over UCLA clinched their first-ever appearance in the Pac-12 title game.
» Does Clay Helton deserve the full-time USC job after beating UCLA?
» USC got game-changing plays from true freshmen Rasheem Green and Iman Marshall.

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