Back in the Swing
Late in the second quarter on Sept. 14, in a match-up against Chandler (Ariz.), junior Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco quarterback Josh Rosen was rolling. Over his first two games, and well on
Rosen had been 38-for-50 passing, for 681 yards, seven touchdowns and just one pick, with an NCAA passer rating of – get ready for this – 232.608.
But, just seconds after uncorking a play-action post pass over the top late in the second quarter against Chandler, Rosen got caught on a late hit.
"One of their linemen came up behind me, and I fell on my shoulder," Rosen says. "The second I hit the ground, I was cussing at it and yelling a bunch of stuff. I knew it was my shoulder, the second I hit the ground. I was scared it was the collarbone, because it swelled up so quickly that my AC joint swelled up and was pointing against the top of my pads, so I thought the bone was sticking out. I couldn't move it. I also heard a pop, and that was actually the joint, rather than the bone, so that's definitely a good thing."
For about 10 minutes, Rosen said, he feared that football may have been over for him.
But, after three weeks, the 2015 five-star signal-caller was back in action, leading the Braves to a 75-35 trouncing of visiting Crenshaw.
Rosen started out with a bang, throwing four touchdowns before halftime, connecting with 2014 California commit Jaleel Wadood on a 55-yard scoring strike on the first play from scrimmage.
Rosen went 12-for-21 for 223 yards and five TD passes on the night, adding a two-yard rushing touchdown as receiver Shay Fields pulled down four touchdown receptions.
"Shay did really well," said Rosen, who threw three of his five scoring tosses to Fields. "He tied the school record."
Both Wadood and Fields were supposed to come up with Rosen this past weekend to visit Berkeley, it only wound up being Rosen who made the trip, flying up with the father of Cal wide receiver Bryce Treggs -- former Bears wide out and current Bosco receivers coach Brian.
"It was fun. I got to check in with the coaches and stay with Bryce and hang out, so it was good," Rosen said. "It was a cool experience. It was a good experience."
As soon as Rosen arrived at Memorial Stadium, he was taken into the office of Bears head coach Sonny Dykes to talk a little shop.
"We just talked for a few minutes about just everything, and about the game plan for Washington State and how things have been going, just sort of checking in, more than anything," said Rosen.
The 44-22 loss suffered by Dykes's Bears put a big damper on the weekend, though Rosen was encouraged by the performance of true freshman quarterback Jared Goff, who set a single-game school record with 504 passing yards on Saturday, completing 33 of 59 passes with two touchdowns and one pick.
"At the end of the day, it is a loss, and you just hope they can get things figured out and turn all these yards into wins, but it's definitely a positive, overall," Rosen said. "We'll see how it works out."
Saturday was the first in-season visit Rosen has made to Cal since the new staff came on board, and said that it compared well to his last in-season trip nearly a year ago.
"I definitely get a better feel, with everyone," Rosen said. "There was a little understandable frustration, and you sort of expect that with a new system and a new staff, so I want to see how everything progresses."
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