UCLA may be just 3-2 in 2017. Through the first month of the college football season, the Bruins are already on their ninth life and Jim Mora’s seat is burning hot.
But none of that has affected quarterback Josh Rosen’s play.
NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter rated Rosen as the 10th-best college football player through the month of September.
The Bruins (3-2) haven’t succeeded to Rosen’s satisfaction. However, the junior still leads the country with 17 touchdown passes and 427 passing yards per game. And frankly, the second-half comeback he led against Texas A&M in the season opener is still buying him capital with NFL teams, even with the five interceptions he’s thrown over the past three weeks (two losses).
As pointed out by Reuter, Rosen has been doing nearly everything within his power to keep UCLA afloat.
It started with his efforts in that miraculous comeback against Texas A&M in Week 1.
In all five games of 2017, Rosen has tossed for at least 320 yards and a touchdown. He currently has a 156.9 quarterback rating, the highest of his career over any season.
Rosen was just one of two Pac-12 players listed by Reuter — Stanford’s Bryce Love was the other and came in at third. He was also one of just two quarterbacks — Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield came in at the No. 2 spot.
CBS Sports recently published a 2018 mock draft that has the Cleveland Browns selecting the junior with the No. 1 overall pick.