LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska linebacker Michael Rose sat out the 2014 season after tearing his knee in the first week of fall camp last year. After a lot of rehab, that he admits he didn't always want to do, Rose is back on the practice field this spring playing a new position - outside linebacker.
"It was extremely difficult," said Rose. "I had a lot of ups and downs, peaks and valleys, but I had a good support system....it was a big adjustment. I found some good things outside of football that I was good at, so it was sort of beneficial."
Rose points to writing on his blog and helping on the coaching side of things as two areas that pushed him through his rehab process. Of course, seeing his team play without him was tough."
"Especially the road games," said Rose. "You have all the small things, getting on the bus, joking around with teammates on the way to the airport. Hearing someone snore and throwing food in their mouth while they are sleeping on the airplane. Just the small stuff."
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In 2013, Rose earned BTN All-Big Ten Freshman honors, registering 66 tackles in 12 games - including 17 stops against Iowa. The move to the outside makes him one of the more interesting storylines this spring, with guys like David Santos not getting valuable spring practice reps due to injury.