Nebraska linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey returned to the field for the first time since 2013 on Saturday night

Nebraska linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey played in his first game since 2013 on Saturday night, leading the Huskers in tackles.

LINCOLN, Neb. - After not playing in an official game since the 2013 season, Nebraska welcomed the return of outside linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey on Saturday night against South Alabama. With the Huskers down two starting linebackers, Rose-Ivey stepped up in the occasion, recording a team-leading 10 tackles in a Nebraska win. 

Here are a few of the former high school All-American's thoughts from his post-game press conference. 

On feelings

“It felt good. I thought I was in a lot better shape than I thought I would be. Being out there as many plays, it was just fun to be out there. Last week was tough for me and the other four guys that were out. This week was tough for Cethan (Carter) sitting out and watching everybody else play. It’s going to feel good next week having everyone back and being able to contribute. I felt good though. I still have some rust as far as managing my wind before the game. I think I was a little too jacked up before the game. I guess that comes with not being able to play for almost two years now. It was a great start, but I still have a lot of things to work on.”

 

On pregame routine

“With the game being scheduled so late, I was worried about how I was going to manage myself. I had people texting me and telling me all these things. I just turned off the texting and tried to focus as much as I can on everything. I think I had everything down so it wasn’t much trying to get last second notes in. I think I just have to control myself. That was tough sitting in a hotel all day. I don’t think people realize how tough that is, being in a hotel all day but that’s our job. Hopefully we can take this schedule we use to the hotel and use it for our night games down the road.”

 

On how tough it was watching last week

“It was tough. It was something I expected for a while but dealing with the whole ACL thing was tough. It’s always tough when you have the opportunity to go compete and whatever the case was, I let my teammates down in a moment of weakness and not doing the right things. It’s been a journey but I don’t want to get into how tough it was. Everyone has a story and everyone has struggles. It was tough, that’s all I can say.”

The rest of Rose-Ivey's press conference is in the video above. 

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