Nebraska is hurting in a major way on the Defensive side of the ball. The Cornhuskers have lost another key piece for the 2014 season in projected starting Linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey. As a Freshman last season, Rose-Ivey set a Nebraska Freshman record with 66 tackles.
Nebraska will also be without cornerback Charles Jackson (Knee Injury) and defensive back LeRoy Alexander (suspension) for the entire 2014 campaign. Despite the losses, coach Bo Pelini is optimistic about the year,
“Our team morale is fine, I feel for those kids. As far us going forward, we have a lot of good players and a lot of good competition. We will be fine.”
Being optimistic is what coaches are supposed to be, so I am not surprised by Pelini’s comments. But if Nebraska is going to challenge for the West Division and Big 10 Conference Title, it is going to take incredible coaching by Pelini and his staff and stellar play by his team. In our projections, we have Wisconsin winning the West with Nebraska finishing third.
Rose-Ivey shared via his Instagram account,
I’m hurting… I’m not gonna lie. I’m hurting bad. So much work out in this off season to get my weight down and body fat to prove to people I can be an every down linebacker. A lot of film study critiquing myself and trying to learn techniques from some of the best linebackers to ever play on any level. It’s hard right now for me. I can barely express how I feel right now cause I’m numb to it. It won’t hit me until I see my boys, my brothers, my teammates run out on that field aug 30th against FAU. It won’t hit me till I see my boy @ameerguapo and @afro_thunder80 put up touchdown after touchdown on defenses this year. It won’t hit me until my man @zaireanderson and @vrvj98 and randy lead the way to a top 10 defense. It’s gonna be a long process back but I got a lot of good people on my side. I’m coming back stronger than ever. Trust and believe that!! Send prayers up to the man above for me but don’t send me sympathy !! I will be back better than ever before !! #GBR #HUSKERNATION