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Stanford coach David Shaw disagrees with UCLA QB Josh Rosen

09 August 2017

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen.

The UCLA quarterback, a junior economics major, opined on the difficulty of studying for classes and the sport at the same time.

"Look, football and school don't go together", he said. Because if his future interviews are anything like the one he recently did with Bleacher Report, he's going to have a bit of a reputation, even if the things he's saying have a lot of truth to them. He explained that "t$3 rying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs". (New offensive coordinator) Jedd (Fisch) is fantastic-a really smart guy who sees the game. There's no other way. Then there's the other side that says raise the SAT eligibility requirements. Okay, raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have. "Human beings don't belong in school with our schedules", Rosen said.

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To Rosen, the problem lies with the school, not the student-athlete's ability to play football or retain knowledge from class.

There are many ways to get top athletes on campus, and most universities are willing to exercise them if it means securing a top recruit-not to mention that the standards for some schools are simply lower than others.

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen's criticism of the academic and athletic workload college athletes face became a national talking point Tuesday, reaching all the way to Oregon's locker room in Eugene. "They just don't", Rosen said. "It's cool because we're learning more applicable stuff in my major - not just the prerequisite stuff that's created to filter out people".

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Rosen, who is projected to be one of the best quarterback's available in next year's NFL Draft, added that some players choose to go into the NFL Draft early because it's either stay and fail out of class or take your chances making it in the NFL.

As usual, football won. When I'm finished with football, I want a seamless transition to life and work and what I've dreamed about doing all my life. But faced with the same demands and without Rosen's resources, many other players are forced to aim lower and focus exclusively on survival-or, as Rosen points out, graduate a year early with a degree that may be more attainable but less likely to lead to career success.

"If you want to play big-time college football and you want to get a big-time education then it's on the individual to get it done". Seems fitting for a guy that wants to "own the world". Coming off a shoulder injury that he spent the better part of previous year rehabbing, the junior out of Manhattan Beach, Calif. spoke at length about the grueling world of Division I football and college athletics.

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Stanford coach David Shaw disagrees with UCLA QB Josh Rosen