Jonathan Rose is expected to compete for a starting job at cornerback this fall, a position where the Huskers lost two of their top three players from the 2013 defense. Rose contributed in the Husker secondary and on special teams in his first season of playing action in the Nebraska program in 2013. The 6-1, 195-pound Rose began his college career at Auburn in 2011, but transferred after seeing action as a true freshman with the Tigers.
Like 2013 starter Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Rose gives Nebraska great length at corner to match up with taller opposing receivers. This spring, Rose and newcomer Byerson Cockrell split time with the top defensive unit opposite two-year starter Josh Mitchell. Rose also made contributions on the Huskers’ special teams last fall and could continue in that role.
Rose played in 10 games as a reserve cornerback and on Nebraska’s special teams units, including action in each of the final six games. Rose had a fumble recovery against South Dakota State.
Rose sat out the 2012 season as a transfer from Auburn.
Before Nebraska (Auburn/Leeds HS)
Rose played in nine games as a true freshman at Auburn in 2011. He recorded two tackles on the season, a pair of solo stops in a win over Ole Miss. Before Auburn, Rose was one of the nation’s top prep cornerbacks at Leeds High School in Leeds, Ala. He finished fourth in the voting for Alabama Mr. Football as a senior. He led Leeds to the Class 3A state title in 2010, returning an interception 84 yards for a touchdown and scoring on a 38-yard pass reception in the title game. He totaled 73 tackles and five interceptions during his senior year after recording 62 tackles with three interceptions and 29 pass break-ups as a junior. Rose also had six catches for 237 yards (39.5 ypc) and four touchdowns as a junior, averaging 24.7 yards on punt returns and 38.3 yards on kickoff returns.
He was named the nation’s No. 3 cornerback, the No. 2 player from the state of Alabama and the No. 66 player nationally by Rivals.com as a senior. He was also rated as the No. 8 cornerback in the nation, the No. 3 recruit from Alabama and the No. 88 player overall nationally by 247 Sports.
In addition to being selected as a SuperPrep All-American, he was chosen to play for the East squad at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl following his senior season.Locally, Rose was named to the Super 12 team and tabbed as the 2010 3A Back of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as a senior, when he was also No. 2 on the Birmingham News’ list of the Alabama Super Seniors. Rose participated in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game, breaking up three passes and intercepting another.
Rose is the son of Charles and Felicia Rose. He was born on July 19, 1993. Rose is majoring in ethnic studies. He has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, team hospital visits and community rec center visits.
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