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#CFBTop25: No. 16, Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

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In 2015, Josh Rosen became the first true freshman to start a season opener at quarterback for UCLA, which needed a successor at the position for Brett Hundley. Rosen started all 13 games for the Bruins, finishing the season with 3,670 yards passing with 23 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. He set several school records, including most consecutive passing attempts without an interception (245).

CFB 24/7 is marking the days to the start of the 2016 season by counting down the top 25 players in college football.

That freshman performance was impressive enough for UCLA coach Jim Mora to suggest that Rosen could have been the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, if he had been eligible.

Pulling back the curtain on the vote


Rosen earned votes from four of seven CFB 24/7 analysts. Rosen led NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein's ranking of the top 15 true sophomores in college football.

What some of our analysts are saying about Rosen


"As Rosen continues to get stronger, his arm will become even more dangerous. Add in mobility, accuracy and strength in the pocket, and his ascention to the top of the college football world is coming soon." -- Chad Reuter

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"Just a sophomore, but started Game 1 as a freshman, and got better as the season went on. Scouts are drooling over his potential. His task in 2016 is to take a talented UCLA team over the top in the difficult Pac-12." -- Charles Davis

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"UCLA's QB1 might be the best pure passer in college football." -- Bucky Brooks

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"After only one season, there is no doubting Rosen's elite arm talent. He'll make the Bruins a threat to win the Pac-12 for as long as he's there." -- Chase Goodbread

Where do fans rank Rosen?


We asked Twitter users who they considered the best player in college football. Rosen finished ninth in the fan vote. His top-10 placement among the fans is not a surprise. Rosen was already a familiar name among dedicated football fans before he stepped foot onto the field for the Bruins.

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