UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone isn’t a ‘two-quarterback guy’

UCLA hasn’t settled on a starting quarterback yet, but offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone wanted to make this clear: He’s only going to stick with one.

“I’m not a two-quarterback guy,” he said. “Never have been. Whoever is our guy, when he’s out there, he’s our guy. And you have to go through the good times and the bad times and do all those things.

“I’m not one of those ones where, if somebody thinks his shoe comes untied and he bends over, he’s going to get yanked.”

The Bruins are still giving reps to both true freshman Josh Rosen and returning backup Jerry Neuheisel. Head coach Jim Mora said Tuesday that anyone who claims the competition is over is “1,000 percent wrong.”

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Jim Mora: Five-star tight end Chris Clark won’t redshirt

Five-star tight end Chris Clark has yet to practice with UCLA a week into training camp, but he could be ready by the Bruins’ season opener.

Head coach Jim Mora said on Saturday that the plan for Clark, who is suffering from mononucleosis, is for him to start doing some level of work next week. After that, he should be ready to play against Virginia on Sept. 5 at the Rose Bowl.

“That’s a tricky deal,” Mora said. “It’s more than just him feeling energy. They’ve got to make sure his spleen is OK.”

An enlarged spleen is one of the complications that can result from mononucleosis.

Mora also dismissed any chance of Clark sitting out the season entirely: “He’s playing versus Virginia. We didn’t bring him here to redshirt. I can promise you that.”

Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said earlier this week that without Clark, UCLA will implement a tight end role into its scheme with a combination of Thomas Duarte, Nate Iese and Colby Cyburt.

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VIDEO: Noel Mazzone talks about UCLA’s offensive development

Noel Mazzone talked after today’s practice about UCLA’s quarterbacks, saying that the team will likely stick with a four-quarterback rotation for longer in spring — or beyond.

The offensive coordinator also talked about Josh Rosen’s development, running back Nate Starks, and his plans for fullback Nate Iese.

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VIDEO: Noel Mazzone talks about UCLA’s quarterback competition

UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone talks about the Bruins’ quarterback competition after practice this morning, and his impressions of true freshman Josh Rosen. Mazzone didn’t give any timeline on when he wants to name a starter, but said he could trim the list down to two or three by the end of spring camp.

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