Plenty of work left

The Nebraska defense steadily improved over 2013, growing up in the process. But linebacker Michael Rose said now isn't the time to get complacent.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Just minutes after walking out of the locker room in Jacksonville, ready to board a bus, Nebraska redshirt freshman linebacker Michael Rose was thinking about next season.

"Even though I'm going to enjoy this break, I will be ready to come back and get to work," said Rose. "The things we learned from these seniors, with the guys we have returning, I think it's going to be a pretty fun thing to watch.

"I will probably sit down with the coaches and they will access what I need to work on. That will be that…the main thing is talking to the coaches and seeing where I can get better. I have a lot improvement I want to do to help this team get to a Big Ten Championship."

Rose played in 12 games, starting six of them for the Huskers. He recorded 66 tackles on the season, with most of his numbers coming in the second half of the year.

"Playing the amount of games us young guys had to play will be huge next year," said Rose, who understands the defense can not get complacent. "Having a little more chemistry is going to help us, but that doesn't do us any good if we come into this offseason with a poor work ethic or a sense of entitlement.

"We haven't really done much. We won the Gator Bowl when it boils down to it against a good Georgia team. We underachieved as a program we feel like. We have to make sure we do the things to not let it happen again.

"We want to go to Rose Bowls."

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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