Rose looking to build off freshman year

After a late season surge last year, Michael Rose is trying to build on the season this spring.

LINCOLN, Neb. - When Big Red Report evaluated Michael Rose at the Under Armour All-American game his senior year, the evaluation read:

"Rose isn't the fastest linebacker, but his defensive awareness is well ahead that of his teammates. He's quick enough to know he can be always in the middle of a play when he makes the correct read – which is about all the time."

Fast forward to today, where Rose enters his second year of spring practices feeling confident after the way he finished last fall.

"Last year I was coming into spring with my head spinning around, not really knowing what to expect," said Rose. "Last year for the linebackers, we were actually trying to figure out who could line up. We couldn't line up in any defense. Now we have guys with a little more experience and chemistry with their teammates. It's easier. We aren't the weak link or downfall on the defense. We can actually be assets.

"I'm able to look at my keys and know, I've seen this before so I know what they are going to do here. You are able to react and make more plays. I'm not the fastest guy, but I'm pretty quick. I rely a lot on my instincts."

Rose, who started the final five games of the season at the MIKE spot, finished the 2013 season with 57 tackles – a Nebraska freshman record. He continues to work the MIKE spot this spring, but like the other linebackers has seen his share of rotation between the first and second team.

"It's been fun. There has been a lot of rotation. Not really a depth chart, but just trying to find where people fit in," said Rose. "We are trying to find the chemistry among each other. It's been fun going out and competing with a different guy everyday. It really forces you to focus on yourself and not the competition going on, because there are guys out here doing a lot of good things."

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