High School: Rockhurst high school (MO)
Michael Rose entered the season with many expectations, after earning BTN All-Big Ten freshman honors for recording 66 tackles in 12 games – the most by any Nebraska freshman.
Rose’s season only lasted a week – a torn knee in fall camp sidelined the sophomore for the entire year.
"It was extremely difficult," said Rose during the spring. "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."
After playing in the middle in 2013, Rose has moved to the outside under the direction of the new Nebraska coaching staff.
"We moved him out there, because he has the ability to be that box linebacker at the position – he moves well enough,” said linebacker coach Trent Bray. “We also needed depth at the outside.”
Rose recorded four tackles in the spring game, his first time in a game setting since Georgia in the 2013 bowl game.
“It felt good, having the ability to go out there and compete for the whole spring practice felt good,” said Rose. “Just trying to get some growth and development and chemistry with the guys. They had a whole year playing, and I had a whole year sitting out. It's been a journey, but it feels good to finally get into it."
BRR projection: Based off what we saw in the spring, Rose appears to be locked in as one of the starters at the three linebacker, along with fellow junior Josh Banderas.
Rose recorded 66 tackles in 12 games in 2013. A duplication of that type would be welcomed by Mark Banker and crew.
How he ended up in Lincoln:
Rose took home the honor of being the first Husker in the 2012 class. Back in July of 2010, a skinnier linebacker impressed the coaching staff enough at a summer camp to offer the soon to be junior. Rose committed just soon after, but opened up his recruitment in January of 2011 to reevaluate his options. Less than two months later, he was a Husker again.
An Under Armour All-American his senior year, Rose recorded 104 tackles and three sacks in his last season at Rockhurst high school.
“Nebraska is the best place for me and I feel real comfortable there," Rose said at the time. "I am really excited to be re-affirmed and convicted that Nebraska is the place for me!"