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Josh Rosen named starting quarterback for UCLA vs. Virginia

The Rosen one has arrived.

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA Bruins head coach Jim Mora has officially named true freshman quarterback Josh Rosen the starter for the season opener against Virginia. Rosen beat out Jerry Neuheisel for the position after a competitive fall camp.

Rosen was expected to win the job after Brett Hundley declared for the NFL Draft and other competitors like Asiantii Woulard ended up transferring; despite the seniority of Neuheisel, Rosen's upside seemed to give him the advantage with this UCLA squad.  But he did not have the easiest fall camp. Rosen struggled publicly when Jim Mora gave him a stern reprimand in front of the media, telling him to "go back to Bosco [his high school]" and "beat up on some bad teams".

But Rosen seems to have made it through that incident and won the job on his own merits. Now he will take control of a UCLA offense that is returning almost its entire group and will be definite Pac-12 title contenders. They just need Rosen to perform up to par.

Read more on the UCLA offense from Mark's preview and check out our scouting report on Rosen from Josh.