Josh Rosen had to wait his turn in his first appearance at the Rose Bowl as a UCLA quarterback on Saturday. When the Bruins return on Sept. 5 for their season opener, the true freshman might be the first man up.
Quarterback Brett Hundley led No. 14 UCLA to a 31-6 halftime lead and the Bruins held off No. 11 Kansas State 40-35 on Friday night in the Alamo Bowl.
Slowing down UCLA’s Brett Hundley was going to be a difficult task for Washington even with dismissed cornerback Marcus Peters and star pass rusher Hau’oli Kikaha in the lineup.
At some point this Saturday, Washington’s Shaq Thompson will almost assuredly take a handoff, get through the pileup at the line of scrimmage and run headlong into UCLA’s Myles Jack.
When the Bruins played Arizona State last season, everyone saw Jack standing on the sideline as the Sun Devils’ offense went up and down the field en route to a 35-13 halftime lead.
Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey was the Pac-12 offensive player of the year and UCLA two-way star Myles Jack was the offensive and defensive freshman of the year, the first time that’s happened since the awards were added in 2008.
If Myles Jack had wanted to be a running back coming out of high school last year, he had his pick of several SEC schools. He also could have played any position he wanted at Washington, just across the lake from his hometown.
Freshman linebacker Myles Jack played offense, too, rushing for 120 yards on six carries, including a 66-yard touchdown run to help No. 16 UCLA beat Arizona 31-26 Saturday night.