Fall camp 2015 was a time to start over for Nebraska linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey, a brand-new era. He was injured during last year’s August prep work and was shelved for the season.
Unfortunately, he put himself a step behind where he should probably be presently.
Rose-Ivey was one of five Cornhuskers suspended for the season opener against BYU. As a result, all he could do was watch as a Hail Mary pass sent the Cougars home victors.
The cameras even got a sideline shot of disbelief complete with No. 15’s mouth agape as an assistant dropped to his knees in front of him.
He’s the type of athlete that could impact a game. I’m not going to play “would’ve, could’ve, should've,” but defensive coordinator Mark Banker can take more chances in the future with Rose-Ivey on the field with Josh Banderas and Dedrick Young.
Now that he’s healthy and out of the penalty box, he’s ready to strip someone of their black.
What Husker fans should be most enthused by is that while not an elected captain, Rose-Ivey does recognize that he is a leader on the field. What’s more, he conducts himself as one publicly.
It’s been made no secret that Nebraska's new coaches have sat down and talked one-on-one with these young men about every major topic. After having watched and listened to head coach Mike Riley since December, I can hear his conversation with Rose-Ivey in my head. Firm, but honest and to the point.
Now that he's paid his debt, he gets his opportunity back.
A hungry Rose-Ivey is exactly what Nebraska’s defense needs. Not only is he a natural talent, but also seeing a zero in the win column following the first week of Husker football for the first time since 1985 can only motivate a guy with that passion even more.
I’m not in his head, but every team from here on out may wear just a little blue and white. Their helmets might have just a bit of a “Y” on the side.
As a junior, Michael Rose-Ivey never had a shot to help Nebraska beat the BYU Cougars.
I don’t fear for those standing between him and a Blackshirt. They’re kin. A challenge, but family.
Those not wearing his colors on game day, those are the ones I don’t envy.