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11/07/16 - UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen underwent surgery Monday morning on his right shoulder for a soft tissue injury. UCLA said in a statement that the sophomore, who injured his shoulder during a 23-20 loss at Arizona State on Oct. 8, is expected to make a full recovery. Before the injury, Rosen had thrown for 1,915 yards and 10 touchdowns with five interceptions. Senior Mike Fafaul, a former walk-on, has led UCLA (3-6) in Rosen's absence. - AP Sports
11/01/16 - QB Josh Rosen is likely done for the season and may need surgery on his throwing shoulder, multiple outlets reported Tuesday. Rosen, a sophomore, was been sidelined since sustaining a sprained right shoulder plus nerve damage on Oct. 8 against Arizona State. Rosen is slated to have an MRI exam on Thursday and those results will determine whether he will require a surgical procedure.
10/25/16 - UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is dealing with a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder, which has kept the sophomore out of the team's last two games. Bruins coach Jim Mora offered details on Rosen's injury for the first time Monday, having previously referred to it only as an upper-body injury after Rosen landed hard on his throwing shoulder in the fourth quarter of a 23-20 loss at Arizona State. UCLA has an open week this week before playing a night game on Nov. 3 at No. 23 Colorado , but Mora does not know if the extended break will be sufficient to allow Rosen to return to action.
"He's been trying to throw and it just hasn't got to the point where he can cut it loose yet," Mora said. "It's just a matter of when is it going to start firing again. He's getting all the treatment he can get, doing everything he can do." Redshirt senior Mike Fafaul, a former walk-on, has started the last two games against Washington State and No. 17 Utah. Fafaul has thrown for 722 yards and eight touchdowns against six interceptions, setting school single-game records for pass attempts and completions in the 52-45 loss to the Utes. Fafaul praised Rosen for the help he has provided in understanding opposing defenses. - AP Sports
10/11/16 - UCLA coach Jim Mora is "hopeful" quarterback Josh Rosen will be able to play at Washington State on Saturday. Regardless of Rosen's status, there are fundamental issues for the Bruins offense to address. Rosen was twice knocked out of the 23-20 loss at Arizona State. A right leg injury left the sophomore limping in the first half, and a hard landing on his throwing shoulder in the fourth quarter sidelined him for the rest of the game.
Mora would not go into specifics regarding either and instead took the approach used by NHL coaches, referring to Rosen's ailments as upper body and lower body injuries. Still, Mora expects Rosen to exhaust every option to be able to play against the Cougars. "He doesn't want to let anyone down and loves to compete," Mora said. "I was impressed by the way he came back in and fought through some obvious pain and delivered a pretty good performance. I think he showed some grit, some toughness and I think his teammates appreciated that." Rosen threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns with one interception against the Sun Devils. Former walk-on Mike Fafaul was 3 of 11 passing for 44 yards and two interceptions in relief of Rosen, neither quarterback getting any help from the beleaguered UCLA run game as Nate Starks and Soso Jamabo rushed for just 40 yards on 17 carries. - AP Sports
10/02/16 - UCLA coach Jim Mora challenged his offense at halftime, asking them to play at the same level shown on defense and special teams through the first 30 minutes. The Bruins responded, with Josh Rosen throwing two of his three touchdowns and rushing for one touchdown after the ultimatum, and UCLA pulled away from Arizona 45-24 on Saturday night. Rosen was 20 of 37 for 350 yards, Kenneth Walker had four catches for 114 yards with a pair of touchdowns and Darren Andrews added 108 yards receiving and a 26-yard TD run. "If we could just find a way to put it together as a football team we could be pretty darn dynamic, and that's the challenge," Mora said. "I think it's pretty evident we can play some really good defense. We can play some good special teams. We can play some good offense. We just got to do it all at the same time."
UCLA (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) struggled to run the ball for long stretches, but it didn't matter as the injury-riddled Wildcats (2-3, 0-2) saw their offensive ranks further depleted. Quarterback Brandon Dawkins took a big hit from linebacker Kenny Young in the second quarter and was replaced after halftime. Running back Nick Wilson came up limping late in the first quarter. Right tackle Gerhard de Beer and right tackle Jacob Alsadek also suffered undisclosed injuries, while left guard Freddie Tagaloa did not travel with the team. - AP Sports
09/19/16 - UCLA will take any win it can get after a season-opening loss to unranked Texas A&M, but Saturday night sure wasn't pretty. Josh Rosen threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns as UCLA suffocated BYU 17-14 on Saturday night. Neither offense shined as the two defenses controlled most of the night, but UCLA (2-1) was able to hold BYU (1-2) to 273 yards, including 23 on the ground. The Cougars were limited to negative rushing yards until late in the third quarter and 91 of those offensive yards came on their final possession. UCLA fans hoped to see the Rosen that's expected to be a high first-round NFL draft pick after a mediocre start to the season, but BYU never allowed him to feel completely comfortable. Rosen, however, completed a handful of big passing plays, including a 33-yard touchdown to Darren Andrews.
"Josh has such high expectations for himself that, sometimes, he lets it get the best of him," UCLA coach Jim Mora said. "He has to realize he's not going to play a perfect game. He just has to play up to his ability level and his capabilities." BYU quarterback Taysom Hill finished with 250 passing yards, one touchdown one interception and was sacked four times. "We've got to start clicking offensively," BYU coach Kalani Sitake said. "We were able to do it some drives ... but we have to start doing that throughout the game. We need to be able to sustain that and be more consistent. Obviously, that's what our focus is going to be on going into this next week." - AP Sports
09/13/16 - Josh Rosen's arm once against captivated the Rose Bowl, but not with his usual passing prowess. It was a block Rosen threw that stole the show in the Bruins' 42-21 win over UNLV on Saturday. Rosen sprung Soso Jamabo's 23-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, putting his throwing shoulder into 280-pound defensive lineman Salanoa-Alo Wily as the sophomore running back cut back across the field. "I wanted him to use his left shoulder rather than his right shoulder," UCLA coach Jim Mora said. "I asked him if he could do that next time." Rosen threw for 267 yards and one touchdown and rushed for one score, Jamabo ran for 90 yards and three touchdowns as the Bruins (1-1) rebounded from a sluggish third quarter to hold off the improving Rebels (1-1).
After posting an emphatic 37-3 win at UNLV last season, Mora was impressed with the improvement coach Tony Sanchez's team had made in less than one year. UCLA needed touchdown runs from Bolu Olorunfunmi and Rosen in the fourth quarter to pull away, with a targeting penalty against safety Kenny Keys extending the UCLA drive that pushed the lead back to 14 points. "But that was the changing point of the game," Sanchez said. "Third-and-10, we're getting the ball back. All of a sudden you have that, they go down and score. You're chasing it after that." Fabian Moreau intercepted two of UNLV quarterback Johnny Stanton's passes, taking the first back 52 yards to set up a short touchdown run by Jamabo. - AP Sports
09/07/16 - UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen has no regrets over his interactions with Texas A&M fans, including remarks about crowd noise at Kyle Field or encouraging them to get louder in the fourth quarter as the 16th-ranked Bruins staged a late rally. His performance in the 31-24 overtime loss to the Aggies, however, left the sophomore with second thoughts. "Like I said right after the game, my play is unacceptable," Rosen said Monday. "It was a pretty bad first half and I can't let it happen again." Rosen was 26 of 46 for 343 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. The offense had too many "if only" plays, as coach Jim Mora described them, where Rosen failed to find open receivers or couldn't deliver the ball accurately while under pressure from the talented Texas A&M pass rush.
When Rosen could get the pass off, the inexperienced UCLA wide receivers dropped some sure touchdowns. "Sometimes you can trump anything good or bad on a play by making a good decision and I didn't. Three very specific plays in particular that I very easily could have thrown to the end zone and scored and hopefully turned the tide of the game," Rosen said. "Everyone had their issues." They were especially evident in the red zone, where UCLA only scored one touchdown in six trips including overtime. Rosen failed to complete any of his six pass attempts inside the 20-yard line and was intercepted early in the fourth quarter when UCLA trailed 24-9. Center Scott Quessenberry said the execution in the red zone was "not even close to our standard. "We come away with two touchdowns instead of two field goals we win that game," Quessenberry said. - AP Sports
12/08/15 - 2015 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Quarterback Josh Rosen has been selected the Pac-12 Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year. Rosen has shattered the Bruin true freshman record book while establishing new marks for most passing yards in a game (399 v. Cal), most passing yards in a season (3,350), most 300-yard passing games in a season (5), most touchdown passes in a season (20), most passing attempts in a game (57, also overall school record), most completions in a game (34 v. Cal, also an overall school record) and longest pass play (70 yds to Darren Andrews at Stanford). He has tied Cade McNown's freshman mark with three touchdowns passes in a game (v. Cal, at Stanford, v. UVa).
In addition, Rosen just established a new school mark with 245 passing attempts without an interception. He has also risen to third on the all-time school lists for single-season passing yards (3,350) and completions (266). Rosenís 410 yards of total offense against Washington State was the ninth-best effort ever by a Bruin. Next week, Rosen will be recognized in New York at the annual National Football Foundation Awards Dinner as one of five recipients of the 2015 NFF National HS Scholar-Athlete award. - UCLA Football
11/08/15 - Josh Rosen said he's at his best when he's playing loose and having fun. "Everyone is getting hyped up before the game and listening to some bumping rap music and stuff, and I'm in the corner of the locker room just chilling out and keeping my heart rate down," he said. The laid-back freshman helped No. 22 UCLA keep alive its Pac-12 title hopes Saturday, throwing two touchdown passes to Thomas Duarte in a 41-0 victory over Oregon State 41-0 in cold, rainy conditions. Rosen was 22 for 33 for 333 yards before sitting out the fourth quarter. The Bruins (7-2, 4-2) had 676 yards against the Beavers (2-7, 0-6). UCLA limited Oregon State to 246 yards and forced four turnovers against redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Mitchell. It was the Bruins' first shutout since 2007 against Oregon and their first on the road since 1987 versus Stanford. - AP Sports