2017 UCLA Bruins football team

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2017 UCLA Bruins football
UCLA Bruins script.svg
Cactus Bowl, L 17–35 vs. Kansas State
Conference Pac-12 Conference
Division South division
2017 record 6–7 (4–5 Pac-12)
Head coach Jim L. Mora (fired 11/19)
Jedd Fisch (interim)
Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley (3rd season)
Home stadium Rose Bowl
(Capacity: 91,136)
Uniform
2017 UCLA Bruins Football Jerseys.jpg
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 20 Stanford xy   7 2         9 5  
No. 16 Washington x   7 2         10 3  
Washington State   6 3         9 4  
Oregon   4 5         7 6  
California   2 7         5 7  
Oregon State   0 9         1 11  
South Division
No. 12 USC xy$   8 1         11 3  
Arizona State   6 3         7 6  
Arizona   5 4         7 6  
UCLA   4 5         6 7  
Utah   3 6         7 6  
Colorado   2 7         5 7  
Championship: USC 31, Stanford 28
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bruins played its home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. They began the season coached by sixth-year head coach Jim L. Mora. They competed as members of the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference.

On November 19, one day after UCLA lost its third consecutive match-up against its crosstown rival USC, Jim Mora was fired. He finished the season 5–6, with a 3–5 record in Pac-12 play. Following Mora's dismissal, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch was chosen to serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

During the regular season, the Bruins won all six of their home games and lost all six of their road games.

Recruiting[edit]

Position key[edit]

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

Recruits[edit]

The Bruins signed a total of 18 recruits.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching Staff[edit]

Name Position Joined Staff
Jim Mora Head Coach 2011
Tom Bradley Defensive Coordinator 2015
Jedd Fisch Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks 2017
Rip Scherer Senior Associate Head Coach / Tight Ends 2015
Jimmie Dougherty Pass Game Coordinator / Wide Receivers 2017
Hank Fraley Offensive Line 2017
Angus McClure Recruiting Coordinator / Defensive Line 2007
DeShaun Foster Running Backs 2017
Scott White Special Team Coach / Linebackers 2015
Demetrice Martin Assistant Head Coach-Defense / Defensive Backs 2011
Sal Alosi Strength and Conditioning Coordinator 2012

Roster[edit]

2017 UCLA Bruins Roster

Quarterback

  •  3 Josh Rosen - Junior
  • 12 Austin Burton – Freshman
  • 17 Matt Lynch - Redshirt Freshman
  • 18 Devon Modster - Redshirt Freshman
  • 19 Craig Myers - Redshirt Junior
  • 25 Justin Saleh - Redshirt Freshman

Running Back

  •  1 Soso Jamabo - Junior
  •  4 Bolu Olorunfunmi - Junior
  • 20 Brandon Stephens - Sophomore
  • 23 Nate Starks - Senior
  • 28 Kahlil Muhammad - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 30 Zachary Byrge - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 32 Jalen Starks - Sophomore

Fullback

  • 40 Justin Rittman - Redshirt Junior

Receiver

  •  2 Jordan Lasley - Redshirt Junior
  •  6 Stephen Johnson III - Redshirt Sophomore
  •  7 Darren Andrews - Redshirt Senior
  •  9 Dymond Lee - Redshirt Freshman
  • 10 Demetric Felton - Redshirt Freshman
  • 11 Audie Omotosho - Redshirt Freshman
  • 11 Trae Smith - Redshirt Junior
  • 14 Theo Howard - Sophomore
  • 21 Mossi Johnson - Senior
  • 24 Damian Alloway - Redshirt Freshman
  • 26 Alvoid Bennett - Redshirt Freshman
  • 27 Xan Cuevas - Redshirt Junior
  • 29 Brad Sochowski - Redshirt Junior
  • 31 Will McClure - Redshirt Junior
  • 39 Ethan Fernea - Sophomore
  • 82 Eldridge Massington - Redshirt Senior
  • 83 Alex Van Dyke - Senior

Tight End

  • 44 Alex Rassool - Redshirt Junior
  • 45 Giovanni Gentosi - Redshirt Junior
  • 81 Caleb Wilson - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 85 Moses Robinson-Carr – Freshman
  • 86 Devin Asiasi – Sophomore
  • 87 Jordan Wilson - Redshirt Freshman
  • 88 Austin Roberts - Redshirt Junior
  • 89 Jimmy Jaggers – Freshman
 

Offensive Lineman

  • 51 Markus Boyer - Senior
  • 52 Scott Quessenberry - Redshirt Senior
  • 53 Nolan Dellibovi - Redshirt Freshman
  • 53 Jax Wacaser – Freshman
  • 54 Kanan Ray – Freshman
  • 55 Michael Alves - Redshirt Freshman
  • 56 Josh Wariboko-Alali - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 58 Gyo Shojima - Redshirt Senior
  • 59 Zack Bateman - Redshirt Senior
  • 60 Zack Sweeney – Freshman
  • 63 Sean Seawards – Freshman
  • 65 Paco Perez - Redshirt Freshman
  • 66 Sunny Odogwu - Redshirt Senior
  • 68 Clayton Demski - Redshirt Freshman
  • 69 Najee Toran - Senior
  • 70 Stephan Zabié – Freshman
  • 71 Poasi Moala - Redshirt Senior
  • 73 Jake Burton - Redshirt Freshman
  • 74 Alex Akingbulu - Redshirt Freshman
  • 75 Andre James - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 76 Kenny Lacy - Redshirt Senior
  • 77 Kolton Miller - Redshirt Junior


Defensive Lineman

  • 11 Keisean Lucier-South - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 15 Jaelan PhillipsFreshman
  • 35 Ainuu Taua - Redshirt Junior
  • 44 Martin Andrus – Freshman
  • 56 Greg Rogers – Freshman
  • 70 Jaypal Bedi - Redshirt Junior
  • 75 Boss Tagaloa - Sophomore
  • 90 Rick Wade - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 91 Jacob Tuioti-Mariner - Senior
  • 92 Osa Odighizuwa - Redshirt Freshman
  • 93 Chigozie Nnoruka - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 94 Nick Terry - Redshirt Senior
  • 95 Marcus Moore - Redshirt Freshman
  • 97 Igbinoghodua Isibor – Freshman
  • 99 Matt Dickerson - Senior
 

Linebacker

  •  2 Josh Woods - Junior
  • 12 Rahyme Johnson – Freshman
  • 14 Krys Barnes - Sophomore
  • 20 Leni Toailoa - Redshirt Freshman
  • 32 Mique Juarez - Redshirt Freshman
  • 40 Josh Chambers - Redshirt Freshman
  • 42 Kenny Young - Senior
  • 46 Donovan Williams – Freshman
  • 52 Lokeni Toailoa - Sophomore
  • 55 Breland Brandt - Redshirt Freshman

Defensive Back

  •  1 Darnay Holmes – Freshman
  •  3 Brandon Burton - Sophomore
  •  4 Jaleel Wadood - Senior
  •  6 Adarius Pickett - Redshirt Junior
  •  7 Morrell Osling III – Freshman
  •  9 Elijah Gates – Freshman
  • 10 Colin Samuel - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 17 DeChaun Holiday - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 18 Octavius Spencer - Junior
  • 22 Nate Meadors - Junior
  • 23 Will Lockett - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 24 Jaylan Shaw – Freshman
  • 25 Denzel Fisher - Redshirt Junior
  • 26 Jason Baker - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 27 Tre Polamalu - Redshirt Freshman
  • 28 Keyon Riley - Redshirt Freshman
  • 37 Quentin Lake – Freshman
  • 39 Michael Mapes - Redshirt Freshman

Punter

  • 20 Stefan Flintoft - Redshirt Junior
  • 92 Austin Kent - Sophomore
  • 99 Crawford Pierson - Redshirt Freshman

Kicker

  • 15 Andrew Strauch - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 17 JJ Molson - Sophomore

Long Snapper

  • 30 Johnny Den Bleyker - Sophomore
  • 58 Koby Walsh - Sophomore

Sources: [1][2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 4:30 p.m. Texas A&M* Rose BowlPasadena, CA FOX W 45–44   64,635
September 9 2:00 p.m. Hawaii* Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA P12N W 56–23   50,444
September 16 9:00 a.m. at Memphis* No. 25 Liberty Bowl StadiumMemphis, TN ABC L 45–48   46,291
September 23 7:30 p.m. at Stanford Stanford StadiumStanford, CA ESPN L 34–58   48,042
September 30 7:30 p.m. Colorado Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA ESPN2 W 27–23   61,338
October 14 6:00 p.m. at Arizona Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ P12N L 30–47   48,380
October 21 1:00 p.m. Oregondagger Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA P12N W 31–14   55,711
October 28 12:30 p.m. at No. 12 Washington Husky StadiumSeattle, WA ABC/ESPN2 L 23–44   69,847
November 3 6:30 p.m. at Utah Rice-Eccles StadiumSalt Lake City, UT FS1 L 17–48   45,902
November 11 6:30 p.m. Arizona State Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA P12N W 44–37   53,847
November 18 5:00 p.m. at No. 12 USC LA Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Victory Bell) ABC L 23–28   82,407
November 24 7:30 p.m. California Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (Rivalry) FS1 W 30–27   50,287
December 26 6:00 p.m. vs. Kansas State* Chase FieldPhoenix, AZ (Cactus Bowl) ESPN L 17–35   32,859
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Pacific Time.

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Game summaries[edit]

Texas A&M[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 17 21 6 0 44
Bruins 3 7 7 28 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 2016 TAMU 31–24

Josh Rosen completed 35 of 59 passes for 491 yards and four touchdowns to rally UCLA to a 45–44 win over Texas A&M.[2] The Bruins overcame a 34-point deficit, the largest comeback in school history and the second-most ever in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Michigan State had a 35-point comeback win over Northwestern in 2006.[3]

Hawaii[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rainbow Warriors 0 7 7 9 23
Bruins 14 21 14 7 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 1939 UCLA 32–7

Rosen threw a career-high five touchdowns, including three to Darren Andrews, in a 56–23 win over Hawaii. The quarterback completed 22 of 25 passes for 329 yards. It was the 12th 300-yard game of his career, breaking the school record of 11 set previously by Cade McNown. The Bruins raced out to a 14–0 lead after the first quarter and 35–7 at halftime. Theo Howard finished the game with a career-high seven receptions for 110 yards with a touchdown.[4]

Memphis[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 25 Bruins 7 17 14 7 45
Tigers 7 20 14 7 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2014 UCLA 42–35

UCLA rallied from a 10-point deficit in the third quarter before falling 48–45 to Memphis. Rosen finished with 463 yards and four touchdowns, but also threw his first two interceptions of the season. The first was by the Tigers' linebacker Tim Hart, who returned it for a 60-yard touchdown to put Memphis ahead 41–31.[5] UCLA had entered the national rankings that week at No. 25.[6]

Stanford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 3 10 14 7 34
Cardinal 6 17 14 21 58
Overall record Last meeting Result
40–45–3 2016 STAN, 22–13

Colorado[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 7 3 10 3 23
Bruins 7 7 7 6 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–3 2016 Colorado, 20–10

Arizona[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 7 7 16 0 30
Wildcats 17 13 10 7 47
Overall record Last meeting Result
24–15–2 2016 UCLA 45–24

The Bruins surrendered 457 yards rushing to Arizona and were outgained 605–409 in total yards in a 47–30 loss, the first defeat to the Wildcats in UCLA coach Jim Mora's tenure. Rosen was 20-for-34 passing for 219 yards with no touchdowns and a career-high three interceptions.[7] It was his first time in the season he was held under 300 yards,[7] ending a streak of seven games dating back to 2016.[8]

Oregon[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ducks 0 14 0 0 14
Bruins 14 0 10 7 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
39–28 2014 ORE, 42–30

Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 3 6 0 14 23
Huskies 3 17 17 7 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
40–30–2 2014 UCLA 44–30

Utah[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 0 10 0 7 17
Utes 7 10 21 10 48

Arizona State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Sun Devils 14 7 13 3 37
Bruins 7 13 14 10 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
20-13-1 2016 ASU 23–20

After being out the previous week with a concussion, Rosen returned to the lineup and threw for 381 yards with one touchdown and also scored on a 1-yard run in a 44–37 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils. He connected with Jordan Lasley on a 22-yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter, as the Bruins outscored the Sun Devils 10–3 in the final quarter to pull away. Starting slowly, Rosen was just 10-for-25 at halftime, but was 15-of-20 for 225 yards in the second half.[9]

USC[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 7 0 7 9 23
Trojans 14 0 7 7 28

In his first matchup against USC quarterback Sam Darnold, Rosen was 32 of 52 passing for 421 yards along with three touchdowns and an interception in a 28–23 loss to the Trojans. The two passers were among the top prospects for the 2018 NFL draft.[10][11]

With their loss to USC, the Bruins finished the regular season with a winless 0–6 record on the road and extended their overall road losing streak to 10 games. Additionally, this was head coach Jim Mora's final game at UCLA, as he was fired the following morning.

California[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 3 6 8 10 27
Bruins 7 10 7 6 30

In the regular season finale against California, the Bruins won 30–27 to become bowl-eligible. Rosen led the Bruins to a 17–9 lead at the half, but was held out the rest of the game for precautionary reasons after he suffered three sacks, including one late in the second quarter when he was slow to get up after being thrown to the ground. He finished 13-of-18 passing for 202 yards and two touchdowns. UCLA finished undefeated at home for the first time since 2005.[12]

Kansas State–Cactus Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 0 14 14 35
Bruins 3 14 0 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2015 UCLA 40–35

Officials: Jer. Magallanes (Referee); Johnnie Forte (Umpire); Matt Fitzgerald(Linesman); Tim Graham (Line Judge); Rob Luklan (Back Judge); Wayne Rundell (Field Judge); George Liotus (Side Judge).

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV RV 25 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Coaches RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Notes[edit]

  • July 1, 2017 – Apparel agreement with Under Armour begins
  • August 1, 2017 – The Wasserman Football Center is dedicated
  • August 2, 2017 – Training camp starts at Spaulding Field
  • August 5, 2017 – Former player Kenny Easley is inducted into Pro-Football Hall-of-Fame
  • November 19, 2017 - Jim Mora is fired; Jedd Fisch is named interim head coach
  • November 25, 2017 – Chip Kelly named head football coach
  • November 28, 2017 – Kenny Young named Pac-12 Player of Week

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Sep. 5 – Josh Rosen was named Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player-of-the-week

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017 UCLA Bruins Football Schedule". Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Josh Rosen leads UCLA to biggest FBS comeback since 2006". ESPN.com. Associated Press. September 3, 2017. Archived from the original on September 4, 2017. 
  3. ^ Thamel, Pete (September 4, 2017). "How Josh Rosen and UCLA delivered one of the greatest comebacks ever". Yahoo Sports. Archived from the original on September 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ Bolch, Ben (September 9, 2017). "Josh Rosen has a career-best five touchdown passes as UCLA downs Hawaii 56-23". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on September 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ Bolch, Ben (September 16, 2017). "Josh Rosen tries to will UCLA to win but falters in 48-45 loss to Memphis". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Ferguson leads Memphis to 48-45 upset of No. 25 UCLA". ESPN.com. Associated Press. September 17, 2017. Archived from the original on October 1, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Nguyen, Thuc Nhi (October 14, 2017). "Khalil Tate runs all over UCLA as Arizona beats Bruins". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on October 15, 2017. 
  8. ^ Bolch, Ben (October 13, 2017). "UCLA's Josh Rosen is having a Heisman-caliber season, but he's not in discussions for award". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 15, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Rosen throws for 381 yards, UCLA beats Arizona State 44-37". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 12, 2017. Archived from the original on November 18, 2017. 
  10. ^ Bonagura, Kyle (November 19, 2017). "Sound familiar? UCLA's Josh Rosen had the stats, USC's Sam Darnold got the win". ESPN.com. 
  11. ^ Cimini, Rich (November 19, 2017). "Crank up the band: It's Sam Darnold vs. Josh Rosen as the NFL watches". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on November 18, 2017. 
  12. ^ Bolch, Ben (November 24, 2017). "UCLA beats Cal in final seconds after Josh Rosen is knocked out of game". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on November 27, 2017.