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UCLA QB Josh Rosen Out For The Year. What Does It All Mean?


UCLA QB Josh Rosen reportedly out for the season. What does it all mean?


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UCLA QB Josh Rosen Out For The Year? What Does It All Mean?

Bruin Report Online – among others – reported that UCLA QB Josh Rosen will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. The Rosen One was on, even though he completed just 59% of his passes – he rolled for 1,915 yards and ten scores with five picks in six games – to go along with two rushing scores – getting beaten up, battered and bruised. He brought the Bruins back against Texas A&M with 343 yards, but threw three picks in the overtime loss. While he was playing hurt late, he still threw for 400 yards against Arizona State for his fourth game of the six with 300 yards or more.

No one thinks Mike Fauful is going to be Rosen, but he’s handled himself well stepping in for the Rosen, throwing 70 times two weeks ago against Utah for 464 yards and five scores, but he gave up four picks and eight interceptions in three weeks. He can bomb away, but can he keep the mistakes to a minimum? The pressure is on with Colorado, USC and Cal still to deal with, along with Oregon State.

The miserable season just gets worse for UCLA. The Bruins came into the season looking to be more physical, tougher, and better on the ground, but instead it’s been way too easy to rely on Rosen – and Fauful over the last few games – when the passing attack is working. Losers of four their last five games, this might just be the Pac-12’s most disappointing team.

Will UCLA miss out on a bowl game? At 3-5, the Bruins have to win three of their last four games, and they’re still good enough to do it. With a 972 APR – Academic Progress Rate – they’ll be alive for an open bowl slot if they finish 5-7, but that’s hardly a solid consolation prize for a team with enough talent to have won the South.

All five of their losses came by a touchdown or less, and they’re not going to stop being competitive without Rosen. The defense has been good enough, and now the ground game will have to pick up the slack.