Josh Rosen entered the 2016 college football season with a ton of hype and will likely end it with a whimper. UCLA’s sophomore phenom signal-caller is expected to miss the rest of the season due to a right shoulder injury.
Rosen has missed the Bruins’ last two contests (both losses) after getting injured during the team’s October 8 game at Arizona State. Even when he was healthy UCLA had struggled through a season that began with high expectations. With Rosen, UCLA was 3-3, now Jim Mora’s team is 3-5 and staring at a long road to the end of the year.
Rosen’s numbers this year were in line with those he posted as a freshman, but didn’t see the big spike some expected. He completed just 59.3 percent of his passes for 1,915 yards, with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. That said, UCLA’s offensive line has been laughably bad and the team’s receivers have consistently dropped well-thrown balls.
Rosen will reportedly undergo an MRI on Thursday to help decide the course of treatment. It could include surgery.
This is a lost year for the Bruins, so the safe bet is securing Rosen’s health for next season. With former walk-on Mike Fafaul under center there’s a decent chance UCLA isn’t even bowl-eligible at the end of the year.