Say what you will about the hot tub. Or the nickname. Or the somewhat pompous attitude, the sometimes abrasive arrogance, the controversial comments on the NCAA, the hat that featured a four-letter word preceding our current president’s last name. But there is no denying that Josh Rosen is a generational talent for the UCLA Bruins.
Through five games this season, Rosen is the only college quarterback with more than 2,000 yards passing. He is the only quarterback with 17 passing touchdowns, beating out all other signal callers — Baker Mayfield, Mason Rudolph, Sam Darnold, Lamar Jackson, J.T. Barrett — whose names are typically in the same sentence as ‘Heisman candidate.’ Only two players in the country are responsible for more points than Rosen, and he is one of only four who can claim triple-digit points to their names.
Rosen’s gaudy numbers are lost on few, least of all Pac-12 analyst Eric Allen, who said that Rosen has an ability to “put the team on his back.”
Indeed Rosen has. His lowest total yardage on the year is 329, in a 56-23 win over Hawaii in which he threw for two more touchdowns (5) than incompletions. For comparison’s sake, Rosen’s Heisman-worthy peer in the Pac-12, Darnold of USC, has only eclipsed 329 yards once, and he needed two overtimes to do it, in an eventual 27-24 win over Texas.
Many point to the five interceptions Rosen has thrown in the past three games, though those picks are an inevitable drawback to an offense that is so aerial-reliant. Rosen’s 245 pass attempts lead the nation. Tyler Rogers of New Mexico State is within five of Rosen’s number of attempts, and the two, not surprisingly, have matching interception totals. Oklahoma State’s Rudolph has thrown four picks in 72 less attempts, and Darnold has thrown three more than Rosen in 70 fewer tries.
A positive side effect to Rosen’s torrid pace, as Allen alluded to, is that, prior to the year, few outside of Los Angeles could name a single UCLA wide receiver. Now names like Darren Andrews, Caleb Wilson and Jordan Lasley can be found fairly often on national highlight shows. It’s difficult to ignore when three of the top-18 receivers in the country can be found on the same roster.
In the meantime, coach Jim Mora has said he’d like to see the all-but-non-existent running game improve and the defense to continue to make strides each week. But for now, the Bruins are Rosen’s team, right there, as Allen said, on his back.
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