How Josh Rosen became UCLA’s starting quarterback

UCLA named Josh Rosen (3) its starting quarterback this week, picking the true freshman over redshirt junior Jerry Neuheisel (11).(Will Lester/Staff)

UCLA named Josh Rosen (3) its starting quarterback this week, picking the true freshman over redshirt junior Jerry Neuheisel (11). (Will Lester/Staff)

Two days ago, UCLA officially named Josh Rosen its starting quarterback, tying up the one loose end in the Bruins’ offseason storyline. A week from now, when their season opens against Virginia at the Rose Bowl, all eyes will be on the true freshman out of Bellflower St. John Bosco.

Here’s a look back at the five-star recruit’s path to the top of the depth chart, starting from his verbal commitment over a year ago.

March 20, 2014 — The scene from Rosen’s commitment to UCLA at St. John Bosco, a ceremony that saw him pull out three Bruin hats.

Aug. 8, 2014 — Our comprehensive look at what makes Rosen tick, featuring graphics and video.

Dec. 13, 2014 — Rosen is named the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Dream Team Player of the Year.

Feb. 3, 2015 — UCLA prepares for a National Signing Day, but its biggest prize has already been secured. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Josh Rosen ready to be UCLA’s starting quarterback

One day after Josh Rosen was officially named UCLA’s starting quarterback, he stood in front of the media and emphasized that he’s ready to lead the nation’s No. 13 team.

“I think coming out of high school, you have to think you are (ready to start),” he said. “Because if you’re not, you don’t deserve the job. There’s a difference between confidence and arrogance, and I like to think I can dance that line pretty well.”

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Josh Rosen officially named UCLA’s starting quarterback

Josh Rosen will be UCLA’s starting quarterback, head coach Jim Mora announced today.

The news comes more than eight months after the five-star freshman first enrolled as a Bruin, and ends a battle that pitted him against returning backup Jerry Neuheisel. Mora said he delivered the news to the quarterbacks this morning.

“You evaluate every little thing,” Mora said of the decision. “I can’t tell you that there’s a checklist, but you watch guys. … At some point, it just becomes apparent to you. You get a gut feeling. You’ve seen enough.”

UCLA, which returns its 10 other offensive starters, will opens the season against Virginia on Sept. 5 as the latest team to try and succeed with a true freshman behind center.

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Jim Mora: UCLA’s quarterback race will factor in player’s potential

UCLA has been loath to reveal much about its quarterback competition, but Jim Mora gave his strongest hint yet at his likely choice.

On Pac-12 Networks yesterday, the Bruins’ head coach said mentioned “potential” as one of the factors in deciding between redshirt junior Jerry Neuheisel and true freshman Josh Rosen — a statement that seems to point toward the latter choice. Continue reading

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