At 5-foot-11, 215 pounds, junior North Star (NE) running back Austin Rose packed on weight this offseason, in hopes that it would benefit his style of play.
"Austin is a good back for us, he's got good size, he's explosive and powerful," said North Star head coach Mark Waller. "With his style of play, the weight is probably beneficial."
So far so good.
In his first game against Lincoln Southwest, a defense that features two four-star players committed to Nebraska, Rose had 26 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown, with one reception for 21 yards. With fellow running back Mike Minter Jr. out of the lineup and the Silver Hawks defense keying in on the junior, over four yards a carry is a very good night.
"Austin is a good back for us, he's got good size, he's explosive and powerful. We knew Austin could do that, he's definitely capable of it," said Waller.
"Nebraska is pretty close to the top of the list, but I have a few other schools up there," said Rose, who's been to multiple games and was at the Huskers summer camp. "There is nothing like a game at Nebraska. It's great. At the camp, they really helped me with my blocking and running style. This summer, I was really working on my speed and footwork, I'm hoping to a complete back."
Rose will be back on the field Friday night, as the Navigators take on Lincoln Northeast at 7 P.M.