Trevor Knight and Josh Rosen held the spotlight on Saturday prior to kickoff in College Station, Texas. Knight, formerly at Oklahoma and now a graduate student at Texas A&M, has inherited an offense loaded with skill position talent and been tasked with providing some stability after the Aggies’ quarterback carousel a year ago. Much is also expected of UCLA’s Rosen from his 2016 campaign after a change in offensive coordinator and another year separated from his time as a high school superstar.
The overtime thriller between Texas A&M and UCLA, a 31-24 Aggies victory, got the SEC on CBS’ 2016 season off to a great start. Knight got the win against Rosen and scored the game-winning touchdown in extra time (on fourth down, no less) but had his own shaky moments in crunch time leading an offense that totaled just 10 yards in a stretch of three straight fourth quarter possessions.
It was in that fourth quarter that Rosen showed his best stuff, leading UCLA on two straight touchdown drives in the final seven minutes of play. Rosen was running for his life all afternoon against Texas A&M’s terrifying defense, lost one fumble and threw three interceptions, but if he’s not under center then the Bruins probably don’t have a shot to win in overtime.
While the on-field play of both is worth noting Saturday and moving forward, the other connection between these two quarterbacks is an impressive academic record.
|Trevor Knight||22-42, 239 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT||Business Admin. (Masters)||3.20||Helped coordinate mission trip to Haiti in May for Texas A&M, active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes|
|Josh Rosen||26-46, 343 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT||Economics||3.13||Habitat for Humanity, visits local hospitals, served as a youth football coach and math tutor at his high school|
For more fun from Saturday’s Texas A&M win, check out the Spanish language call of Knight’s overtime touchdown.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Week 1 Scholar Athletes: Texas A&M’s Knight, UCLA’s Rosen put on a show