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UCLA football confident in backup QB Devon Modster

By in Press Enterprise on November 1, 2017

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

LOS ANGELES — Music blares over the speakers at Spaulding Field and UCLA football players start their pre-practice warm-up lines. The offensive players run from one side of the field, crossing paths with the defensive players who are running from the other.

Lokeni Toailoa leads the linebackers’ line and Devon Modster is at the head of the quarterbacks’ line. They meet in the middle and share a secret handshake, the same one Toailoa usually shares with Josh Rosen. Toailoa wraps Modster in a bear hug when the ritual is complete.

Modster is already proving a worthy replacement for the injured Rosen in practice this week and will need to replace the star junior quarterback again Friday at Utah if Rosen cannot play after suffering multiple undisclosed injuries last weekend.

Modster and fellow backup quarterback Matt Lynch took all the reps during practice Monday and Tuesday. While Rosen could still play Friday without practicing, Modster, who was not available to the media this week, has the full confidence of his coaches and teammates.

“We know Devon can make all the throws,” center Scott Quessenberry said. “We see it out here all the time.”

After redshirting last year, Modster made his collegiate debut in the fourth quarter of UCLA’s rout over Hawaii. His first pass attempt, which looked like a short screen, was actually supposed to go 15 yards down field and was nearly intercepted. The former Tesoro High star said last weekend that the appearance, no matter how rocky, helped him adjust to the game last Saturday when he was called into duty suddenly during the third quarter.

After a three-and-out and a lost fumble on his first two drives against the Huskies, Modster led the Bruins on an 11-play, 81-yard touchdown drive. He capped it with a perfectly thrown back-shoulder pass to Darren Andrews for a […]    

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