LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska defensive coordinator Mark Banker was asked about junior linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey on Thursday night. The former Kansas City prep had a solid practice with the first-team defense, making multiple tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
"Michael really came alive for us probably right after spring break, he became more familiar with the concepts on defense. That and he was over any hesitation with his injury—I think he is in a good place mentally and physically,” Banker said. “He is definitely one of our leaders in our group.”
After playing in the middle in 2013, Rose has moved to the outside under the direction of the new Nebraska coaching staff, after sitting out last year with a torn ACL.
"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.