Ishmael Adams, Josh Rosen earn more watch list honors

UCLA's Ishmael Adams (1) returns a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Arizona State during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

UCLA’s Ishmael Adams (1) returns a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Arizona State during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

UCLA defensive-back-turned-wide-receiver Ishmael Adams was named to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award on Thursday.

The award honors the most versatile player in the nation. The senior is expected to make a full-time switch to wide receiver after playing at defensive back while also returning punts and kickoffs.

Quarterback Josh Rosen was named to the watch list for the Walter Camp Player of the Year.

Bruins on watch lists

  • DT Eddie Vanderdoes (Bednarik, Outland, Nagurski)
  • QB Josh Rosen (Maxwell, O’Brien, Walter Camp)
  • DB Fabian Moreau (Nagurski)
  • OL Conor McDermmott (Outland)
  • Head coach Jim Mora (Dodd)
  • S Jaleel Wadood (Thorpe)
  • WR/DB Ishmael Adams (Hornung)
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Josh Rosen named to Davey O’Brien Watch List

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is on the watch list for the Davey O'Brien Award. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, named a Davey O’Brien Award aemifinalist, has helped the Bruins debut at No. 23 in the first playoff rankings of the season. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen was named to the watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award on Thursday.

The award honors the best quarterback in the nation. Rosen was a semifinalist for the honor last year after he became the first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for UCLA.

Bruins on watch lists:

  • DT Eddie Vanderdoes (Bednarik, Outland, Nagurski)
  • QB Josh Rosen (Maxwell, O’Brien)
  • DB Fabian Moreau (Nagurski)
  • OL Conor McDermmott (Outland)
  • Head coach Jim Mora (Dodd)
  • S Jaleel Wadood (Thorpe)
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Josh Rosen, Eddie Vanderdoes named to pair of watch lists

Josh Rosen talks to yhe media during spring camp. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

Josh Rosen talks to the media during spring camp. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

Quarterback Josh Rosen was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List on Tuesday while defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes was named to the Bednarik Award Watch List.

The Maxwell Award is given to the top college football player in the nation by the Maxwell Football Club, and the Bednarik Award goes to the top defensive player in the country.

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Josh Rosen feels ‘duty to stand up and speak for the masses’

Josh Rosen will be under a bright spotlight this season for the Bruins. Photo by Michael Owen Baker.

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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Josh Rosen Heisman odds

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen threw three interceptions against BYU, but the Bruins held on for a 24-23 win at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen threw three interceptions against BYU, but the Bruins held on for a 24-23 win at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

As of June 30, Bovada has Josh Rosen‘s Heisman odds at 16/1.

The oddsmakers have LSU running back Leonard Fournette (9/2), Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (5/1) and Stanford Christian McCaffrey (11/2) as the three favorites to win the award this year.

Bovada's Heisman odds for the 2016 season as of June 30 compared to odds from January.

Bovada’s Heisman odds for the 2016 season as of June 30 compared to odds from January.

Earlier this summer, ESPN named Rosen its Heisman sleeper from the Pac-12.

Here’s a really interesting breakdown of Rosen’s Heisman potential from Odds Shark. Odds Shark’s Justin Hartling compared the stats from the past seven Heisman winning quarterbacks to see if Rosen could reach those marks this season.

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