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UCLA Coach Jim Mora brings some drama to practice

UCLA Coach Jim Mora looks on during the first day of training camp on Aug. 10.

UCLA Coach Jim Mora looks on during the first day of training camp on Aug. 10.

(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

A new element may have been introduced to the UCLA quarterback competition: method acting.

Freshman quarterback Josh Rosen, the darling of the recruiting analysts while at Bellflower St. John Bosco High, was having a good practice Wednesday morning. Then he got lackadaisical launching a Hail Mary pass during a drill at the end.

Cue Coach Jim Mora.

“You’re not at ... Bellflower St. John Bosco,” Mora screamed. “That’s why you have not been named the starter.”

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Rosen threw another Hail Mary and Mora got colorfully descriptive:

--“You can’t hit an open receiver down field with no defense.”

--“The ‘Anointed One.’”

--“Go back to Bosco and beat some more [bad] teams.”

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Finally, Mora looked at the members of the media present and yelled, “Tell your readers that is why has not been named the starter.”

And, scene.

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