UCLA quarterback Devon Modster has made a good early impression on coach Chip Kelly.
At the start of UCLA’s practice on Tuesday, Kelly was very complimentary of what he’s seen from Modster this spring.
“He’s smart. He’s a good decision-maker. He throws a nice ball. He doesn’t get flustered. He’s a very calm kid, very steady in his approach to the game. He’s intelligent. There’s a lot of good qualities with Devon,” Kelly said, per 247 Sports’ Matt Joye.
Kelly’s words are certainly a confidence booster for Modster as he heads into the next phase of UCLA’s quarterback competition.
Modster threw for 641 yards and 4 touchdowns last season in limited duty behind Josh Rosen. With Rosen headed to the NFL, Modster is seen by many as a front runner to take over the reins at quarterback. Modster’s chief competition will be incoming freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson and graduate transfer Wilton Speight.
Thompson-Robinson isn’t going to be on campus until this summer and ink is still drying on Speight’s transfer papers so Modster has a prime opportunity to make his case to be the starting quarterback during spring practices and Saturday’s spring game. According to Kelly, the sophomore quarterback is currently doing a nice job.