UCLA Football’s Josh Rosen has been spectacular this season and he is getting a lot of attention for both the Heisman Award and NFL mock drafts.
UCLA Football could have the best quarterback in the nation. After sitting out half of 2016 due to injury, Josh Rosen is on fire in 2017 and there are a lot of people noticing.
Though his team is 3-2 (they were a few plays away from being 4-1), Rosen, new Offensive Coordinator Jedd Fisch and the offense have been keeping UCLA respectable.
Currently, Rosen leads the nation in passing yards (2,135), total offense (2,158) and touchdowns (17). This has resulted in the Bruins being 1st in total (550.8 ypg) and passing (435.8 jpg) offense in the Pac-12.
What a difference an off-season makes.
So with the numbers he is putting up, the Chosen One is getting attention across college football, and the NFL. Though he has slipped lately (blame those two loses), Rosen is still in the running for the Heisman.
Rosen has also been on several way-too-early 2018 NFL mock drafts. Though he was mentioned in a few projections before the college football season started, Rosen is currently at the top of many mock drafts. Recently, CBSSports.com had Rosen going #1 to the Cleveland Browns.
On top of that, Rosen has become the bigger story compared to preseason cover boy, Sam Darnold of USC. It was chaos over the weekend when USC lost their first game of the season and Darnold felt the wrath of Trojan fans. Though talented, he was not able to push USC through in a 30-27 loss to Washington State.
Though Rosen has lost twice, he was still able to average 471.5 yards, 3.5 passing touchdowns and 0.5 rushing touchdowns in those defeats. Darnold was 15/29 for 164 yards, with 2 rushing touchdowns (no passing touchdowns) in his lone loss. For the season, Darnold has 9 passing TDs and 8 INTs. Those stats are not very Rosen-like.
The point is not to gloat about who is the better quarterback in L.A., it’s to emphasize the talent Rosen has, which is what the writers of Go Joe Bruin have been saying for the last three years. If healthy, Rosen can take this team far (pending the defense holds up).
Either way, he is a great quarterback that is rightfully getting the attention of the football-loving world. Though he is just starting, there are going to be a lot more fireworks surrounding Rosen in the future.