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#15 Michael Rose
Position: Linebacker
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 230
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
High School: Rockhurst
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Honors & Awards
» Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN, 2013)
» Nebraska Freshman Tackle Record (66, 2013)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2013)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall, 2012)
» Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2013)
» Brook Berrigner Citizenship Team (2013)

2014 Outlook
Linebacker Michael Rose emerged during the second half of the 2013 season to become a reliable performer in the middle of the Nebraska defense. Rose’s play in the season’s final few games coincided with the Huskers’ improved defensive effort down the stretch.

The Kansas City native began his redshirt freshman season playing multiple positions, but thrived once he settled into the MIKE linebacker spot. He finished the season with a Nebraska freshman record 66 tackles, including 49 tackles in the season’s final five games.

Rose was recognized for his efforts by being named to the BTN all-freshman team. The 5-11, 240-pound Rose is one of five returning linebackers with starting experience, and the group has the ability to be a strength for the 2014 Huskers.

Rose was also one of 30 Huskers named to the Academic All-Big Ten team in 2013.

2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Rose played in 12 games with seven starts. After beginning the year as a reserve at outside linebacker, he moved to the middle. Rose’s 66 tackles shattered the previous Nebraska freshman tackle record of 49 by Barrett Ruud in 2001. Rose had at least seven tackles in six games, including each of the season’s final five games. He added six tackles for loss.

Rose had just two tackles in non-conference play, with both tackles coming against UCLA, including a two-yard tackle for loss. He made his first career start against Illinois and led the team with 11 tackles, including a tackle for loss. He made two tackles over the next two games, before settling into the MIKE linebacker spot.

Rose had two tackles in his second career start against Northwestern, then made eight tackles, including four solo stops, at Michigan. He had seven tackles, including five solo stops against Michigan State, then added eight tackles, including six solos, in a win at Penn State. Rose had a breakout game against Iowa in the regular-season finale, tallying 17 tackles, including four tackles for loss. His tackle total was the most by a Husker in 2013, and the most by a Husker defender since Lavonte David had 17 at Michigan in 2011.

Rose closed his redshirt freshman season with nine tackles in the Huskers’ Gator Bowl win over Georgia.

2012 (Redshirt)
Rose redshirted in his first season in the program in 2012.

Before Nebraska (Rockhurst)
Rose was a playmaker for Coach Tony Severino at Rockhurst (Mo.) High School, helping his team to a 10-2 record and a trip to the Class 6 quarterfinals in 2011. Rose made 104 tackles as a senior, including three sacks, while adding a pair of interceptions, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Rose was named a first-team Class 6 all-state pick by the Missouri Coaches Association and an All-Metro selection by the Kansas City Star.

Injuries limited Rose to just six games as a junior, but he made a big impact when he was on the field, averaging nearly three tackles for loss per game. Rose first played a key role as a sophomore, when he had a team-high 95 tackles, two sacks, an interception and a pair of fumble recoveries. Rose played in the Under Armour All-America Bowl in Florida and was one of the defensive standouts in the game. Rose was the first player to commit to NU’s 2012 class, making his intentions known before his junior season, and he did not take any other visits. He did have dozens of offers, including Iowa, Ohio State, Missouri, USC, Kansas and Indiana to name a few. Rose was ranked among the top five players in the state of Missouri by both Rivals.com and 247 Sports, while 247 Sports and ESPNU listed him among the top 150 overall prospects in the country. Rose was listed among the top 15 inside linebackers in the country by Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports. Rose was also on the preseason watch list for the high school version of the Butkus Award.

Personal
Rose was born on Aug. 30, 1993, and he is the son of Michael Rose Sr. and Melishe Ivey. He is majoring in journalism and earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2012. Rose was also a member of the 2013 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and received a Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award for his efforts in the community. Rose has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60, School is Cool Week, numerous hospital, school and community rec center outreach events and is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Rose's Career Stats

 

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QB

Year

G/S

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

BK

PBU

INT

Hry.

2012         Redshirt            
2013 12/7 39 27 66 6-8 0.0-0 0-0 0 1 0 2

Totals

12/7

39  

27  

66  

6-8

0.0-0

0-0

0

1  

0

2  

Single-Game Highs
» Tackles
 - 17 vs. Iowa (2013)
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Solo Tackles 
- 8 vs. Iowa (2013)
» Tackles for Loss - 4 vs. Iowa (2013)
» Sacks - None
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Interceptions 
- None

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