A.J. Rose finally had his breakout moment today against Central Michigan. The Redshirt Sophmore only carried the rock eight times, but he ended the game with 104 yards and two touchdowns. This was Rose’s first career 100-yard performance, and he picked up his first career touchdown in the season opener, as well.
He will play a huge role going forward if he can keep up his contributions, as a nice compliment back to his roommate, Benny Snell. After the game, Benny was all about A.J.’s performance, saying:
“We on it now, we woke them up…this has been a long time coming, this was our plan. It’s just all playing out.”
Mark Stoops seemed to agree in the post-game presser.
“I think it’ll help all of us, yeah. It’ll help our team. I think you know, again, there were some things, he gave up one pressure that I know of. And but that just comes from playing. He’s gotta play. And we’ll let him go. He’s not going to be perfect. We don’t expect him to be perfect, but you gotta tighten up some things and do all the things necessary for us to function offensively.”
Stoops is the proudest of Rose’s maturity though, Stoops really liked how he has embraced the role as the sidekick to Benny Snell.
“I’m very proud of A.J. as well because he’s one of those guys that’s kind of matured, and it’s been not easy for him, you know, all the way through. And he is another great example of just kind of looking at himself and seeing what he can do better and not pouting and crying and all those things, and he kind of just went about his business. He took the coaching, improved himself, and you’re seeing that. So I’m very proud of that.”
Just to show how patient Rose was for this opportunity, he had more rush yards today than he had all of last season. Rose said it felt great, and it could benefit next week against Flordia.
“It helped my confidence level. Going into the Florida week, it felt good playing football and getting comfortable with the offense.”
Offensive line transfer, EJ Price, was just as ecstatic about the newly formed one-two punch in the backfield saying:
“I’m so excited for A.J. Rose, he has developed so much since I’ve been here just from last fall camp to this fall camp. Obviously, Benny Snell is a beast, I’m excited for the both of those guys…that’s the expectation, that’s the standard.”
We should see big things from A.J. Rose and Benny Snell going forward, just ask Benny Snell what the combination is going to be like the rest of the season.
— Brent Wainscott (@BrentW_KSR) September 2, 2018
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