#5 Robert Rose
Position: Running Back
Previous College: None
Status: Preferred Walk-On
Robert Lee Rose (b. Feb. 21, 1989) made a bit of noise in spring 2011, when he apparently was neck-and-neck with DeMarcus Robinson for third-string status and perhaps even pushing John Hubert for the second team.
He ripped off a 30-yard run for the White team in the spring game (the infamous play when Arthur Brown ran him down on the sideline from all the way across the field) and finished with 11 carries for 48 yards.
That didn't translate to steady playing time in the fall, however, even after Bryce Brown's flameout. He played in just four games, amassing only 35 yards on nine plays, most of that in mop-up time.
He more than doubled that production in the spring game, rushing 10 times for 84 yards, plus 19 receiving yards.
Does that herald more playing time? Hard to say. Hubert, a Doak Walker candidate, has a virtual death grasp on the starting position.
But Rose has a chance to give Angelo Pease a run for his money if he's as ineffective as last year.
Rose stands just 5-foot-4 and isn't exactly a burner in the traditional sense of the word. But he must be a hard worker to have received the opportunities he has been afforded thus far. There's even talk of a future scholarship.