If you need perspective or context regarding Josh Rosen’s first collegiate game, here’s this:
We’ve seen worse debuts.
The UCLA freshman dazzled in a 34-16 win over Virginia in Pasadena on Saturday, completing 28-of-35 passes for 351 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Paul Myerberg wasn’t surprised in the least.
“I met and saw Josh Rosen play 16 months ago, and I’ve been saying for 16 months that this is going to be the greatest thing that has ever happened to quarterbacks,” the USA Today college football writer said on CBS Sports Radio’s What’s Wright with Nick Wright. “He’s going to end his career and be on Mount Rushmore. I saw him. He’s the best young quarterback I’ve ever seen. It’s not even close. He makes every other quarterback I’ve seen look like a child. So I’m not surprised he did as well as he did. I think we’re just looking at the tip of the iceberg for him.”
With Rosen under center, No. 13 UCLA (1-0) suddenly looks like a legitimate contender – if not the favorite – in the Pac-12.
“UCLA looks a lot like Georgia to me in the preseason,” Myerberg said. “Because you look at Georgia and you say everywhere else but quarterback, they’re built to win a national championship. They have a fantastic offensive line, they have Nick Chubb, (Leonard) Floyd on defense, (Jordan) Jenkins on defense. They have guys who can win a national championship elsewhere except for at quarterback. UCLA is built the same exact way – except it’s looking like after one week they not just have a quarterback who can be serviceable; they have a guy who can be an all-conference pick as an 18-year-old true freshman. If that’s the case, I’m with you. I think UCLA can win the South.”
Especially given the question marks at other programs.
“Arizona’s in trouble, USC is a mess, Arizona State – we need to see them bounce back big time from what they looked like on Saturday night,” Myerberg said, referencing the Sun Devils’ season-opening 38-17 loss to Texas A&M. “Stanford is bad in the North. Washington is nothing. California can score points (but) can’t stop anyone. It’s there for the taking for UCLA. All that trendiness that you heard about them in August, it’s justified through a week. I think the Bruins could end up being really, really good.”