UCLA Football: Five Players That Need To Step Up With Myles Jack Out

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Sep 19, 2015; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback

Josh Rosen

(3) sets to pass in the second quarter of the game against the Brigham Young Cougars at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Rosen

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Josh Rosen? But he is not a defensive player!

True, but he is a player that definitely needs to improve his play for the sake of the entire UCLA football team. Relating that to the defense, Rosen has to do a better job of keeping the UCLA offense on the field so that the defense does not get drained being out on the field for so long.

Against BYU, the Bruins defense was on the field twice as long as the offense. The defense did a fine job holding back the BYU Cougars, but overall that put a lot more pressure on the defense to produce when the offense could not.

This is where Rosen comes in. He has to step up and execute the way he did against Virginia and UNLV.

We can also look to Paul Perkins to step up, but seeing how he already has 429 rushing yards, which is seventh best in the nation, he is doing more than enough.

Like McKinley and Hollins, Perkins already has a role and he’s doing a damn fine job of it, so in order to keep the offense on the field and the defense fresh, I look to Rosen to improve his role in order to help out a Jack-less defense.

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