Austin Rose Adds Size to Backfield
As recruiting season winds up, Nebraska is in the hunt for a number of smaller running backs. No doubt, the positive experience with Ameer Abdullah has made the Huskers willing to embrace players at the position that are under 6 feet tall and below 200 lbs. Still, there are times when it's nice to have a big body that can move the pile. At 225 lbs., Imani Cross thrived in short yardage situations. He tallied 10 touchdowns in 2013, most from inside the five yard line. Walk-on Austin Rose of Lincoln North Star, who's listed at 6 feet and 220 pounds, appears likely to play for his hometown team and could play a Cross-like role in the future.
While Rose didn't have scholarship offers from FBS schools, some of that may have been due to an injury-plagued senior campaign. His Rivals ranking puts him as a high two-star prospect. That's on par with a couple of players that did receive scholarship offers at Nebraska (along with other FBS schools).
Rose's size could allow him to contribute at other positions as well like fullback, linebacker, or H-back. He might also make an impact on special teams. Those are positions where quality walk-ons have frequently been able to contribute in the past.
Wyoming could decide that they are willing to offer him a scholarship, which could be tempting. If not, Nebraska will have added a high-caliber walk-on to the mix that fans are likely to see on the field in the future.