UCLA names freshman Josh Rosen its starting quarterback

So it seems that if your coach rips you in practice, it doesn't mean you can't start for him.

A week after UCLA coach Jim Mora gave freshman quarterback Josh Rosen an earful in front of the media, Rosen has been named the starting quarterback for the Bruins in 2015.

The decision doesn't come as a huge surprise, as Rosen was a highly-touted recruit out of St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California. The five-star prospect was rated as the top pro-style quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class by 247Sports.

Still, no matter how many stars a kid has coming out of high school, Rosen will still be a true freshman quarterback starting for a Bruins team that enters 2015 with high expectations. UCLA enters the season ranked No. 13 in the AP Poll, and No. 14 in the Coaches Poll, and has won a total of 20 games the last years.

But that was with Brett Hundley running the show.

It will be interesting to see if UCLA can live up to the hype while also dealing with the bumps in the road that come with playing a true freshman at the most important position on the field. That being said, it's clear that Mora believes in Rosen, or else he wouldn't be giving him the job.

Though Mora must not believe in Rosen's ability to handle the media quite yet. He also announced on Wednesday that Rosen would be available to speak to the press on Thursday, but won't speak to reporters again during the season.

So I'd say the big winner in all of this is Josh Rosen. 

Josh Rosen was the top-ranked pro-style QB in the 2015 class. (247Sports)
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Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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