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Rose accepts walk-on spot

After late interest from a number of schools, Lincoln North Star running back Austin Rose decided Nebraska was where he wanted to be.

Rose said he accepted Nebraska’s preferred walk-on offer on Wednesday evening.

“It feels like a family up there, and I just wanted to be a part of it,” Rose said. “It feels like they’re going to give me the most opportunity to play at a high level of competition, and hopefully I can get a scholarship down the road.”

Rose had his senior season cut short because of an injury that likely hurt his chances at getting D-I attention. Rose had been talked with Wyoming late, the Craig Bohl’s staff dragged its feet on an offer and visit. Wyoming had been looking at Rose as a fullback. At Nebraska he will be playing running back, or could slide into an H-Back-type role as well.

As a junior, the 6-foot, 220-pound Rose ran for 1,400 yards and 22 touchdowns, but battled injuries as a senior, missing all but a handful of North Star's games. Rose was among several possible walk-ons at Nebraska’s walk-on meeting last week, and said he’s planning to work on his speed this spring before getting on campus.

“It just feels great,” Rose said. “It feels like a big weight off my shoulders now knowing where I’m going to be playing football next year. It just feels great.”

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