Avoiding sophomore slumps

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) against Virginia Cavaliers in the first half of a NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) against Virginia Cavaliers in the first half of a NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.
(Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

The UCLA football team returns in 75 days, when the Bruins take the field at College Station against Texas A&M on Sept. 3. It’ll be the start of Josh Rosen’s sophomore season after he was named Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year and a freshman All-America. He passed for 3,670 yards (282.3 per game) and 23 touchdowns to 11 interceptions while completing 60 percent of his passes.

Now the question is what Rosen will do next.

To look at what’s already been done in this situation, here are a few notable, recent quarterbacks who started as true freshmen and how their sophomore seasons compared to their rookie campaigns. These quarterbacks started at least 12 games during their freshman seasons, with three of them starting all of their team’s games like Rosen did in his first year.

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Josh Rosen: Sporting News cover boy

There’s 100 days left until UCLA football returns, so the countdown to football season is officially on. Peep UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen on the cover of Sporting News today along with USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

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Apparel deals, the NCAA and Josh Rosen

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Amid the hubbub about UCLA’s giant apparel deal, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen again made some news on social media. He posted the attached picture on Instagram mocking the NCAA’s world of amateur sports where money flows freely to everyone but the people playing.

Rosen later deleted the photo from his account, but Jeff Miller with our friends at the OC Register, published a column about the situation, specifically about the issue of paying athletes.

An excerpt:

Whether or not you agree with Rosen’s forum or his timing, I, personally, continue to have a hard time not concurring with his sentiment.

Another big-money victory for college sports marked another bankrupt-inducing defeat for the archaic ideal of the athletes playing college sports.

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Jim Mora on Rich Eisen Show: Will it be Manziel or Brady for Rosen’s future?

UCLA head coach Jim Mora stopped by the Rich Eisen Show to talk about plenty of things including his experience at the NFL Draft, Myles Jack and Josh Rosen.

Of Rosen, Mora said that if his quarterback had been in the draft this year, the soon-to-be sophomore would have been the best signal-caller available and “he would have gone first.”

“I know that is really a strong statement for a true freshman,” Mora continued. “I’ve been around Peyton (Manning) when he was that age. I can’t remember ever seeing anybody at his age with the arm talent, the intelligence, the decision making, the drive, the passion and the ability he has.” Continue reading

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Jim Mora, Josh Rosen make SCNG list of 50 most powerful in Southern California sports

Jim Mora (left) and Josh Rosen are among the region's most powerful people in sports.

Jim Mora (left) and Josh Rosen are among the region’s most powerful people in sports.

The Southern California News Group released the first installment of its 50 most powerful in Southern California Sports on Tuesday, with UCLA head coach Jim Mora and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen both making the list.

Mora checked in at No. 31 and Rosen slipped in at No. 50.

Here’s the first list of who made the cut, from No. 31-50.

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