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#CFBTop25: No. 12, Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

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While his 2016 season didn't live up to expectations and ended with shoulder surgery in early November, Josh Rosen remains one of the most highly regarded talents in the college game. He moves up four spots in the #CFBTop25 countdown from his spot in last year's rankings.

If he stays healthy and takes another step in his development, he could find himself in the thick of the Heisman hunt heading into his highly anticipated meeting with USC's Sam Darnold in the Bruins' penultimate regular season game (Nov. 18 at USC).

Rosen has received more attention for his outspokenness than his on-field ability this week, and he's fired back at those who question his love for football. It all makes for a compelling prelude to a junior season that could determine whether Rosen confirms he belongs in the ranks of the elite or falls behind in a crowded field of upper-echelon signal-callers.

CFB 24/7 is marking the days to the start of the 2017 season by counting down the top 25 players in college football.

Pulling back the curtain on the vote

Rosen received votes from six of seven CFB 24/7 experts, including two top-four votes. Three QBs finished ahead of him in the #CFBTop25 countdown.

What some of our analysts are saying about Rosen

"Rosen is the forgotten man in college football after missing the majority of his sophomore season due to injury. He is the best pure passer in the country and is primed for a huge junior season." -- Daniel Jeremiah

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"Classic dropback passer with exceptional arm talent and high football IQ. Rosen is the best pure passer in the game and his polished mechanics could make him a star at the next level." -- Bucky Brooks

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"A shoulder injury derailed his 2016 season, and might have knocked him off the radar a bit, but if he bounces back to his talent level, we'll remember this pure thrower in a hurry." -- Charles Davis

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"Rosen struggled vs. Texas A&M last year and shoulder surgery ended his season prematurely. Still, I won't be surprised if the late-season matchup between Rosen and Sam Darnold is a battle of Heisman contenders." -- Chad Reuter

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"Yes, Rosen is coming off an injury-shortened season and shoulder surgery, but he was back looking sharp in spring drills and is primed for a big year. To me, he's the most gifted pure passer in the game." -- Chase Goodbread

Where do fans rank Rosen?

We asked Twitter users who they considered the best player in college football. Rosen received enough support to finish 10th in the fan vote. It's not a surprise to see Rosen in the top 10. He's been on the national radar since he was a prized recruit, and clearly any disappointment from the way the 2016 season went for him didn't hurt his standing in the eyes of the fans.

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