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UCLA’s Jim Mora defends Josh Rosen in face of criticism about toughness

By in Press Enterprise on October 31, 2017

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

LOS ANGELES — When he met the media Monday, Jim Mora declined to clear up any speculation about the nature of the injuries that knocked Josh Rosen out of Saturday’s game against Washington, but the UCLA head coach does want to make this clear: don’t question the quarterback’s toughness.

After ESPN analyst Brock Huard seemed to do just that on the TV broadcast Saturday, Mora clapped back at the former Washington quarterback.

“I would put very little stock into anything that Brock Huard has to say about football,” said Mora, who, like Huard, is a Washington alumnus. “That will be controversial. But it’s the truth.

“I think it’s ludicrous that anyone would question Josh Rosen’s toughness when they don’t know the nature of his injury,” Mora added later.

Rosen did not practice Monday, the first day of UCLA’s preparation for its Friday night road game against Utah, but could still play if he doesn’t practice this week, Mora said. The coach did not disclose specific information about Rosen’s injuries Monday to protect the quarterback from defenders who could potentially target those areas.

The junior left Saturday’s game in the third quarter after getting sacked four times in the first half. He had his left, non-throwing hand examined early in the first quarter and was also seen getting blood cleaned off his right hand later.

When Rosen returned to the sideline in the fourth quarter of the rout without any protective splint or casts on either hand, Huard insinuated that a perceived lack of toughness could cost Rosen in the NFL evaluation process.

“I need all that (injury) information before I make any hard-and-fast opinions,” Huard said, “but there will be plenty (said) when there’s as much on the line as Josh Rosen (has) being the No. 1 quarterback, the No. 2 overall pick, what this all looks […]    

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