UCLA QB Josh Rosen: ‘All forever indebted’ to Jim Mora
LOS ANGELES — Josh Rosen had the hot tub, then the golf course, then the shoulder injury. Then just as his profile started to recede this summer, the quarterback took over headlines with comments about academics and athletics published in a Bleacher Report article.
He was attacked through radio waves, TV screens and social media posts for every misstep. Jim Mora defended him every time.
For that, Rosen is grateful.
“We all are forever indebted to him,” the junior said of his former head coach who was fired Sunday. “He has helped me grow up, mature, get closer to becoming a man. I mean, I’ve made a lot of mistakes and he’s always been by my side when I think a lot of people maybe wouldn’t, so it’s not just with me, it’s with everyone on the team. He’s an incredible person, an incredible coach and we’ll definitely miss him.”
Rosen was Mora’s biggest recruiting victory. The former five-star prospect was supposed to vault the Bruins to their first conference championship in nearly two decades after Mora had taken the team to back-to-back 10-win seasons. Instead, Rosen is a mediocre 16-13 as a starter.
“It’s just kind of disappointing because I feel like you come into a program that’s 10-2, 10-2 and 9-3 and you’re doing any- and everything that you can and you just can’t produce the wins that you want to,” Rosen said. “And it’s a bummer because I’m giving everything I have and then some. and to kind of come up on the short side of it time and time and time again is really disappointing.”
Rosen’s UCLA tenure has, so far, come up far short of the lofty expectations he brought to Westwood. The Bruins had the second-worst rushing attack last year as he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. They have the […]