UCLA’s trip to Pullman to face Washington State was supposed to be a meeting of two of the top quarterbacks on the West Coast but may instead be a game between two teams headed in opposite directions.
While Cougars signal-caller Luke Falk looks to continue to put up big numbers on Pac-12 defenses, his opposite number may not be on the field to match him throw for throw. That’s because Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen’s status is still in the air due to injuries he suffered last week and it’s unknown if he’ll be ready to play on Saturday.
“We’ve got him surrounded by people who understand what’s going on and I think at the end of the day you help him make the best decision for him, but you let him make the right decision,” head coach Jim Mora said after practice on Wednesday.”We’re not going to let him make a decision that puts himself in further jeopardy.”
Rosen, considered by most to be the top quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft class, was initially injured in the first half of the team’s loss at Arizona State with an lower leg injury. He later returned to action after halftime but was hurt again in the fourth quarter after injuring his right wrist and did not take another snap after that.
Bruins left tackle Conor McDermott told the Associated Press that Mike Fafaul has been taking every rep at quarterback in practice so it certainly appears that Saturday’s game could be a lot more interesting for UCLA’s struggling offense than it was just a few weeks ago.