First came Johnny Football, then Famous Jameis, and now Chosen Rosen.
UCLA's Josh Rosen is next in a line of young quarterbacks with seasoned skills and catchy nicknames. Unlike Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy as redshirt freshmen in 2012 and 2013, Rosen is a true freshman. His dazzling debut against Virginia (28-of-35 passing, 351 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 91.7 adjusted QBR) evoked memories of Winston's debut two years earlier against Pittsburgh (25-of-27 passing, 356 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, 98.2 adjusted QBR). The predictable Heisman hype followed. Rosen wasn't nearly as sharp in Week 2 against UNLV (22-of-42 passing, 1 TD, 1 INT) and nearly cost his team with three interceptions in a Sept. 19 win against BYU.
But he responded brilliantly in his first national showcase opportunity, completing 19 of 28 passes for 284 yards, two touchdowns and an adjusted QBR of 96.1 in UCLA's 56-30 thrashing of Arizona in Tucson.
Just a month into his college career, Rosen has helped UCLA to a No. 7 ranking and positioned the Bruins for a College Football Playoff run. The Heisman chatter has cooled, but it could soon crank up again.
Opposing coaches think Rosen has the potential to be the next great freshman quarterback in college football, especially with the weapons at his disposal. How good is the Chosen One? How should teams go about stopping him? What is the ceiling for a talented Bruins team? We asked coaches who have faced UCLA this year what they have seen from Rosen and the Bruins so far this season. They were granted anonymity in order to speak candidly.