UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen said football and academics "don't go together” in an interview with Bleacher Report published on Tuesday.
Rosen was the first Bruins quarterback to start as a true freshman. Now a junior, he said that balancing the demands as a student-athlete has led to the realization that "human beings don't belong in school with our schedules."
"No one in their right mind should have a football player's schedule, and go to school," Rosen said. "It's not that some players shouldn't be in school; it's just that universities should help them more — instead of just finding ways to keep them eligible.”
Rosen, an economics major, said being a college football player is “like trying to do two full-time jobs,” and that many student-athletes are ill-equipped to balance school and football commitments.
One way to fix that -- raising academic requirements -- would hinder most programs.
“There are guys who have no business being in school, but they’re here because this is the path to the NFL,” Rosen said. “There’s no other way. Then there’s the other side that says raise the SAT eligibility requirements. OK, raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have. You lose athletes, and then the product on the field suffers.”