PORT NECHES — Then there’s the defensive experiment Rose is undergoing this year.
Well, calling it an experiment is a bit much. Though he didn’t play defense last season, Rose went both ways in each of his previous football seasons, so he’s right at home on defense.
In fact, the senior relishes the physical parts of his position, making tackles on defense and blocking well on offense.
“I played both ways as a freshman and on JV,” Rose said. “Last year was the only time I didn’t play defense. I like playing there. I like tackling people instead of just blocking them. I also like blocking. That’s how big runs break is by blocking downfield.”
Rose has many goals for this season. He wants to continue to perform well against high-level competition and to help his team win more games than it did a year ago. But, one of those games looms larger than the rest and has since it ended last season.
“I was interviewed the other day and they asked me for my goals this year,” Rose said. “My first one was to beat Nederland. That’s for sure a goal. I have plenty of friends over there. We’ve been talking since last year. It’s motivating.”
INDIAN INKLINGS: The son of Schwanna and Reginald Rose, Jeremiah would like to play football professionally in the future, but is also considering a career in the medical field. … Rose said that he’s had preliminary talks with many colleges already, including SMU, TCU, Lamar and Texas State. … Rose needs just 25 more regular season catches for 100 in his PN-G career. He’d make the third Indian receiver under Faircloth to top that mark, following Jayce Nelson and Amir Jalali. … Rose had two tackles at cornerback against Silsbee for the Indians. Linebacker Michael Hughes led the team with nine tackles while Corbin Coy and Blaine Peveto each had a pass breakup.