UCLA Bruins Name Ethan Garbers as Starting Quarterback for Upcoming Week

Redshirt Junior Garbers beats out tough competition to secure starting role, Coach Kelly trusts his experience.

The UCLA Bruins have officially selected their starting quarterback for the upcoming week, and the chosen player is Ethan Garbers. This decision follows a closely-fought competition that captured nationwide attention, pitting Garbers against true freshman Dante Moore and transfer Collin Schlee. The closely-watched battle for the quarterback position reached its conclusion with Coach Kelly recently revealing his decision, entrusting the pivotal role to the experienced redshirt junior, Ethan Garbers.

“It’s definitely going to help because my first collegiate start was at Utah in a tough environment and place to play,” Garbers said. “… I think what’s going to help is that I’ve sat behind a starter for two years, who is going on to do stuff in the NFL and play great, so I kind of know and have my own routine figured out … so I’m excited and ready to go.”

(via OC Register)

Garbers expressed his gratitude after receiving the nod for the starting job, recognizing the value of his prior experiences as he faces the challenges ahead. While he claims the starting role, it’s important to note that both Dante Moore and Collin Schlee will also have opportunities to contribute on the field, although the specifics of their roles and playing time allocation have not been disclosed.

Ethan Garbers’ journey to securing the QB1 spot has been defined by his active participation in 18 games. Throughout his time on the field, he has showcased a commendable 64.8% completion rate, amassing a track record of 599 passing yards, four passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns, and four interceptions. The transition from a backup position to the role of starting quarterback presents a substantial challenge, yet the confidence displayed by Coach Kelly and the coaching staff signals their belief that Garbers is more than capable of rising to the occasion.

With the opening game on the horizon and subsequent weeks of play, all eyes will be on Garbers as he takes on this pivotal role and leads the team onto the field. The quarterback decision has set the stage for an exciting season, with fans eager to witness Garbers’ performance and the team’s collective effort under his leadership. As the UCLA Bruins prepare to kick off, anticipation and excitement continue to mount for what lies ahead on the football field.

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