UCLA Looks to Rebound From a Disappointing Season
August 3, 2017
The good news around Westwood is quarterback Josh Rosen is returning for his junior year. The bad news is, there are still some major question marks about the offensive line. Last year the problems with the line created complications running the ball and protecting the quarterback.
The lack of protection caused a season-ending injury to Rosen. UCLA head coach Jim Mora thinks Rosen benefitted from being on the sidelines. His injury last season humbled Josh to a certain degree, said Mora last week at the Pac-12 Media Day in Hollywood. He has matured this off season. It's a huge credit to Josh. The way he prepared himself during the off season. Now the Bruins need to focus on being a better overall team after finishing last year with a record of 4-8. It's hard dealing with a losing season, said Mora. The first thing you do is point the finger at yourself then you look at everything.You look at the coaches and the way you practice. You pull everything apart then you try to put it back together.Once again the offensive line appears to be the key for the success or failure for the 2017 Bruins. "My concern is the offensive line, said Mora. We need to create a chemistry with those five players on the offensive line.
One of those five players is center Scott Quessenberry. He has started 31 games at UCLA and he thinks things will be different this year. We have really brought into what the coaches have been saying, said Quessenberry at Media Day. We are studying the play book more this year. We have all of the right pieces. This year we are going to be smarter when we run the ball.
Another UCLA player to watch is senior linebacker Kenny Young. Last season he started all 12 games and finished the season with 90 tackles. The defense is looking good, said Young. I can't wait to play Texas A&M and get our first win. Young thinks the Bruins have been building a lot of team chemistry during the off season practices. Your ability and mind set is what gives you the opportunity to win games, said Young. It's a pleasure to play for UCLA. There are thousands of people out there that wish they could play college football and I am enjoying my opportunity.