With Josh Rosen still not clear for Cactus Bowl, UCLA WR Jordan Lasley tries to stay hot
PHOENIX — UCLA’s most potent offensive weapon is wounded while its second-best option is surging.
Quarterback Josh Rosen may have to watch what could be his final game in a UCLA jersey from the sideline as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered one month ago. If he is confined to the bench at Chase Field on Tuesday, the junior will get a front row seat to Jordan Lasley’s attempt at a nearly unprecedented third straight 200-yard receiving game.
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The redshirt junior receiver finished the regular season with back-to-back 200-yard efforts, becoming the first UCLA receiver to ever accomplish the feat. The only receivers in NCAA FBS history to do it three straight times are Tulsa’s Howard Twilley in 1965 and Nevada’s Trevor Insley in 1999.
The opportunity is there for Lasley in the Cactus Bowl. The Bruins are facing a Kansas State defense that allows 310.3 passing yards a game, the second-most in the country.
However, it would be even more manageable if Lasley had Rosen throwing him the ball. The star quarterback said Saturday he had not yet cleared concussion protocol, and two media reports that afternoon indicated he had been ruled out already. He added he wanted to play, but was resigned to putting the decision into the hands of the medical staff.
“If they give me the green light then full steam ahead and I’m preparing as if I am (playing),” Rosen said. “I really hope I’m out there. I want to be out there.”
Rosen has missed almost eight full quarters due to two separate concussions sustained four weeks apart. He admitted to trying to play through the first one, […]