Video: Josh Rosen, Mossi Johnson, Bolu Olorunfunmi and Gyo Shojima

Quarterback Josh Rosen talks about facing BYU again, the play-calling under Kennedy Polamalu and throwing Mossi Johnson his first touchdown pass in the Rose Bowl.

Receiver Mossi Johnson talks about coming back from injury, finally getting to score at the Rose Bowl and head coach Jim Mora sending him game photos.

Running back Bolu Olorunfunmi talks about why he’s been calling Soso Jamabo “Reggie” this week, why he doesn’t call Josh Rosen “Matt,” and why Brandon Stephens is called “Bunny Stephens.”

Center Gyo Shojima talks about possibly being the first Japanese-born person to play in a Division I college football game, how he ended up in football and how he earned his black belt in shorinji kempo.

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UCLA receiver Mossi Johnson suffers season-ending knee injury

UCLA receiver Mossi Johnson is out for the season after suffering his second major knee injury in less than three years. (Andy Holzman/Staff)

UCLA receiver Mossi Johnson is out for the season after suffering his second major knee injury in less than three years. (Andy Holzman/Staff)

UCLA receiver Mossi Johnson is out for the season after tearing multiple knee ligaments, head coach Jim Mora confirmed Sunday.

The sophomore made eight catches for 41 yards in the Bruins’ first three games, and also played sparingly at safety the past two weeks. Mora said Johnson tore his ACL, MCL and PCL during one-on-one drills last week, but wasn’t sure which knee the receiver injured.

The Crenshaw High grad tore ligaments in his left knee back in January 2013, which forced him to delay his enrollment at UCLA until the following year. He caught 23 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown as a freshman. Bruin Report Online first reported news of Johnson’s injury.

Johnson is the fourth player that UCLA has lost for the season, following defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes (ACL), linebacker Myles Jack (meniscus), and cornerback Fabian Moreau (foot).

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UCLA receiver Mossi Johnson transitions to safety

One of UCLA’s promising young receivers might not spend as much time on offense anymore.

Sophomore Mossi Johnson switched to safety last weekend, playing a handful of snaps on defense to help bolster a secondary that lost cornerback Fabian Moreau for the season to a foot injury. The Crenshaw High product had made multiple catches in 10 straight games dating to last October, but only touched the ball once on offense at Arizona last Saturday. Darren Andrews got most of the minutes at slot receiver instead, and recorded career highs with three catches and 40 yards.

While both coaches and teammates have praised the 6-foot, 185-pound Johnson’s athleticism, neither defensive coordinator Tom Bradley nor head coach Jim Mora sounded certain as to how much and how quickly his defensive role would expand. The former said it would likely depend on the specific game situation, as well as the player’s own development.

“I’d rather be a week late with someone than a week early,” Bradley said, “and put him in a situation where he’s not quite ready for it. … We got him some reps in some coverages that he would know.”

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Scott White: Myles Jack won’t end up returning kicks for UCLA

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack won't return kicks in games despite doing so in practices, according to his coaches. (Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack won’t return kicks in games despite doing so in practices, according to his coaches. (Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

The first time it happened, Jim Mora dismissed it as “messing around.”

Myles Jack, he insisted, just loved being on the field — even if it meant doing something that would never translate into a game. The UCLA linebacker was not being considered a potential kick returner.

But four months have passed, and the 6-foot-1, 245-pound junior is still taking the occasional rep on special teams. And yet, once again, the coaching staff is not publicly regarding it as a viable option.

“That’s something we’re just toying with right now,” said Scott White, the Bruins’ linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. “But I don’t anticipate that being something that we go forward with.”

The two candidates White particularly likes are receivers Stephen Johnson and Mossi Johnson, who are entering their freshman and sophomore seasons, respectively. He praised the latter for his ball security, which he called the top quality he looks for in a return man.

“That’s first and foremost,” White said. “The guy that’s sure-handed. But at the same time, a guy that’s explosive enough and dynamic, can put their foot in the ground and hit it.”

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