Joshua Ballinger Lippincott Rosen (born February 10, 1997) is an American football quarterback. He played college football for the UCLA Bruins. He was a top-rated recruitcoming out of high school, where he was named a 2014 USA Today High School All-American. The first true freshman to ever start at quarterback for the Bruins in a season opener, he was named a Freshman All-American and was honored as the Pac-12 Conference Freshman Offensive Player of the Year in 2015. As a junior, Rosen was named second-team all-conference in the Pac-12 and broke the UCLA record for single-season yards passing. He is nicknamed “Chosen Rosen” and “the Chosen One.”
An economics major, Rosen began taking classes at UCLA in January 2015. On August 26, a week after being publicly criticized by head coach Jim Mora, Rosen was named the Bruins’ starting quarterback.
UCLA entered the 2015 season ranked No. 13 by the Associated Press and No. 14 in the Coaches Poll.] He was named the Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year and earned Freshman All-American honors from USA Today, Sporting News, and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He was also named The Sporting News’ Freshman of the Year, Pac-12 Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year (coaches), and Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year (AP).
In 2016, Rosen was injured in an October 8 loss to Arizona State Sun Devils, when he threw for a then-career high 400 yards. He missed the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. He had surgery on his throwing shoulder to repair soft-tissue damage. UCLA was 3–3 in Rosen’s six starts, and he suffered 13 sacks in the shortened season compared to 14 in all of 2015. The Bruins were 1–5 in the final six games without him.
In the 2017 season opener, Rosen completed 35-of-59 passes for 491 yards and four touchdowns to rally UCLA to a 45–44 win over Texas A&M. The Bruins overcame a 34-point deficit, the largest comeback in school history and the second-most ever in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).[a] Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said: “We knew he was smart…. But the thing I was really impressed with was his toughness. We hit him and hit him a lot, and he got better. It’s not supposed to work that way … especially in the fourth quarter.”
After leading the conference in passing yards per game, Rosen was voted second-team All-Pac-12. He was retroactively credited with a 39-yard pass to Eldridge Massington that was originally ruled a run against Arizona State. It pushed his season total to 3,756 yards yards passing, breaking Brett Hundley’s single season school record of 3,740 in 2012. On January 3, 2018, Rosen announced his intentions to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.