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UCLA QB Devon Modster makes first start with Josh Rosen out due to concussion

By in Press Enterprise on November 4, 2017

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

SALT LAKE CITY — UCLA burned its first timeout after only 39 seconds against Utah on Friday. That’s what happens with a redshirt freshman quarterback making his first career start.

Devon Modster bounced back quickly.

The redshirt freshman filling in for injured starter Josh Rosen was 7-for-7 passing for 101 yards and one touchdown in the first half against Utah.

Rosen did not make the trip to Salt Lake City due to a concussion, UCLA announced Friday after head coach Jim Mora did not disclose specifics about the injury that knocked the star junior out of last week’s game against Washington.

With an inexperienced quarterback, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch reached into his bag of tricks. He called a double reverse in which Demetric Felton took a handoff from Bolu Olorunfunmi and Felton, a diminutive 5-foot-10 receiver, rushed for 20 yards. Wide receiver Dymond Lee made his first appearance on offense on third-and-5 from the Utah 20-yard line in the second quarter and the former high school quarterback threw a double pass. But the trick play failed as Lee missed an open receiver in the middle of the field and instead threw a pass back to Modster, who was tackled for a 1-yard gain.

Modster, a former Tesoro High standout, led the Bruins on a five-play, 75-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter that he capped with a 24-yard pass to Darren Andrews. Sophomore receiver Theo Howard made a highlight-reel worthy one-handed catch on the sideline for 26 yards on the prior play.

Modster split all practice reps this week with fellow redshirt freshman Matt Lynch. He had played in only two games in his career, appearing in the fourth quarter of UCLA’s blowout win over Hawaii this year and last week against Washington after Rosen left in the third quarter.

The Huskies sacked Rosen four times in […]    

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