PORT NECHES — So many factors go into a receiver’s success. The coaches have to call the right plays. The quarterback has to make the right read and throw a catchable ball before a receiver can even get noticed for his play.
On some teams, Rose might also get smothered out of the game plan by the opposing defense. Some big-time receivers get double- or triple-teamed off the line as the defense forces the rest of the offense to beat them.
That’s not the case with the Indians, though. Rose is highly productive, but so is the rest of the offense. Plus, teams will find it hard to key on Rose, since he’s constantly shifting between the four receiver positions PN-G has on the field.
“We move him around,” Faircloth said. “He doesn’t always play the outside guy. He plays all four receiver spots. We had a guy when I was at Permian that we did that with. He’s always moving around the formation. Now, they can’t key on him. That’s part of our third down plays is where to put him.”
One of the challenges Rose faced this year was taking on the leadership mantle from last year’s senior class. Rose admitted that he has struggled to be more of a vocal leader in practices, but that it gets easier for him to encourage his teammates once the Friday night lights go on.
“I’ve had to become more of a leader now,” Rose said. “Last year, I let the seniors be the more vocal ones. Now, this year, it’s me so I’ve taken that role. It’s mostly as a vocal leader. I usually don’t talk a lot, but the coaches have told me to be more vocal. I usually like to lead by example, but I try to help the offense out more by being more vocal. I think I’m more vocal on game night than during practice.”