“Asiantii Woulard To Transfer From UCLA“. So that happened. After a very promising and competitive Spring Practice that produced a four-way quarterback battle, UCLA football is now down to three, with a realistic competition between two, yet speculation has a certain “chosen” one to lead the Bruins in the fall.
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Before I get into the current status of the quarterback depth, let me say that losing Asiantii Woulard is big. Regardless if he would have started or not, he most likely would have been the #2 QB on the depth chart.
Though he has been slow to progress in offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone‘s spread offense, he had a very good Spring, one that would definitely have put him in the conversation to be a starter.
But that is no more and UCLA is down to a three-player competition. Well realistically, even though Mike Fafaul has some game experience, it does not look like he will one of the top QBs in 2015. With that being said, this battle is between Jerry Neuheisel and freshman Josh Rosen, the only two scholarship QBs on the roster.
I had recently written a piece about UCLA being stacked at quarterback. Well, today’s events have thinned that article a bit, as well the depth chart. Though UCLA will still have three QBs ready and willing to step into that starting role, it looks like it will come down to Rosen.
From what we saw at Spring Practice, it looked like the best QBs in order were: Rosen, Woulard, Neuheisel, Fafaul. Woulard, more often than not, seemed like he would be the legimate threat to Rosen taking the starting spot.
Sep 26, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; St. John Bosco quarterback Josh Rosen (3) looks to pass against the Bishop Gorman Gaels at Fertitta Field. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
With him gone, we will see that there is a separation of talent between Rosen and Neuheisel (and Fafaul).
Though Neuheisel showed massive improvements in the Spring, it is nothing compared to what Rosen brings to the table. Arm strength, accuracy and even running ability. Neuheisel has all of those skills, but not like Rosen.
So now the Bruins are unexpectedly thin at QB. That is a topic we will get into very soon…