UCLA’s Josh Rosen forced to miss Cactus Bowl, despite last-minute pleas – Orange County Register

PHOENIX — Josh Rosen went through his normal pregame routine. He casually threw passes to receivers and stretched out his throwing shoulder before changing into pads and his game jersey. He led the warm-up lines and took the first snaps, as a No. 1 quarterback typically does.

Then he stood on the sideline and watched Devon Modster play.

Doctors kept Rosen out of Tuesday’s Cactus Bowl at the risk of picking up his third concussion in two months. The quarterback practiced this week and participated in pregame warm-ups Tuesday in an effort to persuade the medical staff to let him play, but to no avail.

When the quarterback led his team out of the tunnel at Chase Field, he was dressed in just gray sweats with his blue No. 3 jersey on top of a long-sleeved gray shirt. He was still one of UCLA’s four captains for the coin toss for what might be his last game with the Bruins, as he’s expected to forgo his senior season to declare for the NFL draft.

Rosen missed almost eight full quarters due to two separate concussions. He suffered the first early against Washington on Oct. 28. He admitted to trying to hide the injury for a half, but said he started feeling strong symptoms at halftime. He missed the following game, at Utah, then suffered another concussion late in the first half against Cal on Nov. 24. When doctors told Rosen he wouldn’t be able to finish the game, the second time in as many years that he wasn’t able to complete the final game at the Rose Bowl, he slammed his helmet to the ground in frustration.

In 11 games this season, Rosen set the UCLA single-season passing record with 3,756 yards. He threw a career-high 26 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions and had his best completion percentage in three years at UCLA (62.6).


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