Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen

Rosen as a true freshman with UCLA in 2015
UCLA Bruins No. 3
Position Quarterback
Class Sophomore
Career history
  • UCLA (2015–present)
High school Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco
Personal information
Date of birth (1997-02-10) February 10, 1997
Place of birth Manhattan Beach, California
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Josh Rosen (born February 10, 1997) is an American football quarterback who plays college football for the UCLA Bruins. He was a top-rated recruit coming out of high school in Los Angeles County. The first true freshman to ever start at quarterback for the Bruins in a season opener, he was named a Freshman All-American and was honored as the Pac-12 Conference Freshman Offensive Player of the Year in 2015.

Early years

Rosen was born to Liz Lippincott, a former journalist and Charles Rosen, a spine surgeon.[1] He grew up playing tennis, and became a top-10 player in junior rankings. He was introduced to football in elementary school by a friend's father who was a youth coach.[2] Right before high school, Rosen switched from tennis to football.[3]

He attended St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California. Though St. John Bosco is a Catholic school, Rosen—the son of a Quaker Christian mother and a Jewish father—is an atheist.[4] During his playing career, he passed for 90 touchdowns and 11,175 yards. As a senior he was named the Los Angeles Times Player of the Year and the Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team Player of the Year after passing for 3,186 yards, 29 touchdowns and four interceptions.[3][5]

Rosen was rated by both and as a five-star recruit and ranked as the best quarterback in his class.[6][7] Rivals also ranked him as the best overall recruit.[8] He verbally committed to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in March 2014,[9] and officially signed in September.[10][11]

College career

Rosen began taking classes at UCLA in January 2015; he had enrolled early so he could take part in spring practice. With three-year starting quarterback Brett Hundley leaving UCLA early for the National Football League (NFL), a large hole was created on the team.[2] Rosen was UCLA's best quarterback during the spring,[12] and he continued to compete during summer camp to be the team's starting quarterback as a true freshman.[2][13][14][15] On August 26, a week after being publicly criticized by Coach Jim Mora, Rosen was named the Bruins' starting quarterback.[12][16][17] He beat out Jerry Neuheisel, who had three years of experience in offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone's up-tempo spread offense, which was similar to the offense Rosen had run in high school. The freshman called Neuheisel "selfless" for helping him during the competition.[18]

UCLA entered the 2015 season ranked No. 13 by the Associated Press and No. 14 in the Coaches Poll.[16] In the season opener, Rosen completed 28 of 35 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns as UCLA defeated Virginia 34–16,[19] and he became the first true freshman to start a season opener at quarterback for UCLA.[20] He was honored as the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week.[21] In a 17–9 win over No. 18 Utah, he broke Drew Olson's decade-old school record (199) for consecutive passes without an interception. The victory kept UCLA in contention for the Pac-12 championship entering their regular-season finale against their crosstown rivals, the USC Trojans.[22] However, they lost 40–21 to the Trojans as Rosen turned the ball over three times on a fumble and two interceptions, ending his streak of passes without an interception at 245.[23] He was named the Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year and earned Freshman All-American honors from USA Today and Sporting News.[20][24][25]

In the 2016 season, Rosen was injured in an loss to Arizona State on October 8, and missed the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.[26] He had surgery on his throwing shoulder to repair soft-tissue damage.[27]


Updated through November 28, 2015
UCLA Bruins
Season Team GP Comp Att Comp % Yards Avg TD INT RAT
2015 UCLA 12 266 447 59.5 3349 7.5 20 9 133.2


  2. 1 2 3 Foster, Chris (January 15, 2015). "Josh Rosen hopes for a fast start at UCLA". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 16, 2015.
  3. 1 2 Sondheimer, Eric (December 28, 2014). "St. John Bosco QB Josh Rosen is The Times' player of the year". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 4, 2015.
  5. St. John Bosco QB Josh Rosen reaffirms commitment to UCLA
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  8. Rosen rises to No. 1 in Rivals100
  9. Josh Rosen commits to UCLA; Nation’s top ranked quarterback of St. John Bosco to become a Bruin
  10. Five-star QB recruit Josh Rosen signs with UCLA, to enroll this winter
  11. Five-star QB Rosen officially signs with UCLA
  12. 1 2 Foster, Chris (August 26, 2015). "UCLA tabs freshman Josh Rosen as starting quarterback". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on August 27, 2015.
  13. Who will succeed Brett Hundley as UCLA quarterback: Josh Rosen or Jerry Neuheisel?
  14. Rosen Arrives As Successor To Hundley
  15. St. John Bosco quarterback Josh Rosen eager to start UCLA career
  16. 1 2 Fornelli, Tom (August 26, 2015). "UCLA names freshman Josh Rosen its starting quarterback". Archived from the original on August 27, 2015.
  17. Miller, Ted (August 20, 2015). "What Jim Mora's public tongue-lashing means for Josh Rosen". Archived from the original on August 27, 2015.
  18. Greenspan, Dan (August 28, 2015). "UCLA frosh QB Rosen praises friendly rival Neuheisel for aid". Washington Times. Associated Press. Archived from the original on August 29, 2015.
  20. 1 2 Wang, Jack (December 1, 2015). "Josh Rosen, Kenny Clark lead UCLA football in Pac-12 honors". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on December 2, 2015.
  22. Wang, Jack (November 21, 2015). "UCLA's defense pushes Bruins to 17–9 win at No. 18 Utah". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on November 22, 2015.
  23. Bonsignore, Vincent (November 28, 2015). "It's an afternoon of disappointment for UCLA freshman Josh Rosen". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on December 2, 2015.
  24. Thiry, Lindsey (December 10, 2015). "UCLA's Josh Rosen, USC's Cameron Smith and Iman Marshall named freshman All-Americans". USA Today. Archived from the original on December 12, 2015.
  25. Hayes, Matt (December 16, 2015). "Sporting News Freshman All-Americans: UCLA's Josh Rosen is nation's best". Sporting News. Archived from the original on December 29, 2015.
  26. Bonagura, Kyle (November 4, 2016). "UCLA QB Josh Rosen's season over due to shoulder injury". ESPN. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  27. Bolch, Ben (November 7, 2016). "UCLA QB Rosen has surgery on shoulder, Mora says family is 'overjoyed' at findings". LA Times. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
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