Virginia Talks About Facing UCLA's Rosen

Sept. 4 -- Virginia head coach Mike London and various Cavalier football players talked this week about facing the UCLA true freshman quarterback, Josh Rosen...

"I absolutely would not have been ready," said Matt Johns when asked if he would be ready to play his freshman season. "I can tell you that right now."

But UCLA head coach Jim Mora is confident that former five-star Josh Rosen is in fact ready.

"That's just kudos to him," said Johns. "That's a talented player right there, who's able to come in and play right away."

"He's starting for a reason," added UVa linebacker Micah Kiser. "No one is taking a freshman quarterback lightly."

Rosen beat out Jerry Neuheisel for the starting job, after enrolling in the spring. With a first-year signal caller comes its challenges. Will the young signal caller handle the pressure and the speed of college football.

"The college game is so much faster," UVa Head Coach Mike London said during his weekly press conference. "You have great defensive coordinators out there that are always attacking protections, players... trying to make them vulnerable."

So as London puts put it, it would "safe to assume" that the Cavaliers will indeed pressure Rosen.

The challenge for the Wahoos will be, how do you prepare for a quarterback that has no college football film. The only thing the Cavaliers have access to is anything UCLA's video team posts from practice or Rosen's high school tape. However, there is one thing London and company know for a fact.

"We know it's a system that they run. We know he's very talented and we know he's surrounded by several players that can make him efficient," said London. "That's the challenge for us. We get in the game and start playing against him, and actually find out what his strengths are and try to find his deficiencies as well."

At the end of the day, freshman quarter back or not the 'Hoos have the same mindset going into the game.

"Just got to approach it, as I would any other quarterback," said cornerback Demetrious Nicholson. "Just play within my role, within my position on the defense. Just do my job job and try no to do anything extra."

"I don't think the game plan changes," affirmed Kiser.

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