If there's one thing UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen has been able to count on in his three season with the Bruins, it's that he would have Jim Mora in his corner.

Two days after Mora was fired as the Bruins head coach, Rosen made it clear just how much the relationship meant to him.

"Pretty much everyone in this building is here because of him," Rosen said. "We all are forever indebted to him."

"He's helped me grow for sure and get closer to becoming a man. I've made a lot of mistakes and he's always been by my side and I think a lot of people maybe wouldn't, so it's not just with me, it's for everyone on the team."

Rosen, like most in the UCLA program, was surprised by athletic director Dan Guerrero's decision to fire Mora, but he made it clear the team is still chasing a bowl appearance that would come with a win against California on Saturday.

From the outside, however, the lower-tier bowl the Bruins are still in contention for doesn't carry nearly as much intrigue as how the next several months will play out for Rosen -- starting with his looming decision on whether to declare for the NFL draft.

It's widely assumed that Rosen, who is viewed as a potential No. 1 overall pick, will leave UCLA following the season, but he has yet to publicly provide a definitive answer. Asked if Mora's dismissal will factor into his final decision, Rosen acknowledged there are several factors that weigh in.