UCLA junior quarterback Josh Rosen is one of the most interesting people in college football. He’s also brutally honest and not afraid to speak his mind.
In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Rosen was asked about how school and football mesh. Rosen said he doesn’t think a true education and football go together.
“Look, football and school don’t go together. They just don’t. Trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs,” Rosen told Bleacher Report. “There are guys who have no business being in school, but they’re here because this is the path to the NFL. There’s no other way.
“Then there’s the other side that says raise the SAT eligibility requirements. OK, raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have. You lose athletes and then the product on the field suffers.”
Rosen also took a veiled shot at the national champions, Clemson, when asked by Bleacher Report about how “some guys graduate in three years? DeShaun Watson graduated in three years from Clemson. So did his roommate, Artavis Scott.”
The response: “I’m not knocking what those guys accomplished. They should be applauded for that. But certain schools are easier than others.”
Rosen went on to clarify that he believes players should be getting an education, but schools should be doing more for their student-athletes.
“It’s not that they shouldn’t be in school. Human beings don’t belong in school with our schedules. No one in their right mind should have a football player’s schedule, and go to school. It’s not that some players shouldn’t be in school; it’s just that universities should help them more — instead of just finding ways to keep them eligible.
“Any time any player puts into school will take away from the time they could put into football. They don’t realize that they’re getting screwed until it’s too late. You have a bunch of people at the universities who are supposed to help you out, and they’re more interested in helping you stay eligible.
“At some point, universities have to do more to prepare players for university life and help them succeed beyond football. There’s so much money being made in this sport. It’s a crime to not do everything you can to help the people who are making it for those who are spending it.”
As for his shoulder heading into the 2017 season, Rosen says he’s good to go.
“One hundred percent,” he said. “Wasn’t major surgery at all. I had a small tear in one of the muscles in the rotator cuff. They didn’t actually repair anything. They scoped it, cleaned out the area, drained it, and it healed on its own.”
Rosen is really looking forward to the season and said he missed the game.
“I love the game. I’ve missed it. I can’t wait to play this season.”