Will Josh Rosen stay next year? Jim Mora says yes

Josh Rosen during practice. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/SCNG)

UCLA head coach Jim Mora told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday that he believes junior quarterback Josh Rosen will stay at UCLA for his senior year.

“I want a disclaimer, I have an option to change my opinion,” Mora told Pete Thamel. “But as we sit here right now, I can really honestly say I don’t think he’s going to leave.”

Mora cited Rosen’s relationship with new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch as one of the reasons why the quarterback might stay, despite being a projected top-5 pick in the NFL Draft. Fisch, who has coached a different starting quarterback in each season since 2009, said recently in a passing comment that he’s hoping to break that streak this year.

“There have been a lot of new quarterbacks, man,” Fisch said.

“Really hoping for two years with this one, though,” he added with a small chuckle. “I’ll tell you that. Write that.”

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Jim Mora talks to Dan Patrick about Josh Rosen’s comments

UCLA head coach Jim Mora went on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday to talk about quarterback’s Josh Rosen controversial comments about school and football.

The junior signal-caller told Bleacher Report in an interview during the spring that was published Tuesday that he doesn’t think “football and school don’t go together,” because “trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs.” He explained that his commitment to football sometimes prevents him from taking required classes for his economics degree, and he would like to see universities help “prepare players for university life and help them succeed beyond football.”

Mora said he had a discussion with Rosen about the comments but also supported his player’s opportunity to speak out: “It’s OK to have opinions. As a 20 year old, you’re going to have opinions now when you don’t have when you’re 22, 23, 30, 50, 60, that are maybe different than when you were when you were 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. But when you express those opinions in a public forum … you create perceptions. You create controversy … and you have to be willing to live with the consequences.”

Neither Mora nor Rosen were available to the local media after Tuesday night’s practice.

A few of Rosen’s teammates took to Twitter on Tuesday and responded positively to his comments.

Stanford head coach David Shaw told the San Jose Mercury News that he disagreed with Rosen’s comment that athletics and academics can’t co-exist

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UCLA links: Randall Goforth tears ACL at Philadelphia Eagles training camp

A second former UCLA player has suffered a season-ending knee injury in training camp.

After Atlanta Falcons receiver Devin Fuller tore his ACL in training camp, defensive back Randall Goforth received the same news with the Philadelphia Eagles, suffering the injury last Friday.

Goforth went undrafted after starting 44 games for the Bruins. He opened his first NFL training camp with an interception off starting quarterback Carzon Wentz:

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