If it wasn't for bad luck, the Nebraska defense wouldn't have any luck at all.
It's been a tough few days for the Huskers, who took their latest blow Friday night, when projected starting middle linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey was lost for the season with a knee injury.
Rose-Ivey broke to the news with a lengthy and heartfelt Instagram post:
"I'm hurting ... I'm not gonna lie. I'm hurting bad. So much work out in this off season to get my weight down and body fat to prove to people I can be an every down linebacker. A lot of film study critiquing myself and trying to learn techniques from some of the best linebackers to ever play on any level. It's hard right now for me. I can barely express how I feel right now cause I'm numb to it. It won't hit me until I see my boys, my brothers, my teammates run out on that field Aug 30th against FAU. It won't hit me till I see my boy @ameerguapo and @afro_thunder80 put up touchdown after touchdown on defenses this year. It won't hit me until my man @zaireanderson and @vrvj98 and Randy lead the way to a top 10 defense. It's gonna be a long process back but I got a lot of good people on my side. I'm coming back stronger than ever. Trust and believe that!! Send prayers up to the man above for me but don't send me sympathy!! I will be back better than ever before!! #GBR #HUSKERNATION"
[MORE BIG TEN: Nebraska suspends safety LeRoy Alexander for 2014 season]
He responded to a question asking what happened with this: "tore my acl possibly mcl and cartilage but I'll see more tomorrow."
Rose-Ivey is a sophomore and was set to be a starting linebacker following 12 games and seven starts last season, in which he recorded a freshman-record 66 tackles, ranking fourth on the team.
He had more reaction to his injury on Twitter:
I'm sitting here looking at my knee like "bruh quit playing around, we got a scrimmage in the morning"— Michael Rose-Ivey (@Rose_IveyNB15) August 9, 2014
It's like surreal right now, hard for me to comprehend right now— Michael Rose-Ivey (@Rose_IveyNB15) August 9, 2014
New role on the team is to be the best LB/def coordinator and teammate in the country!!— Michael Rose-Ivey (@Rose_IveyNB15) August 9, 2014
It's the latest bout of bad news for the Huskers defense. Junior cornerback Charles Jackson was lost for the year with a knee injury on Thursday, and Friday the team announced safety LeRoy Alexander would be suspended for the entire season. For a team looking to make improvements on that side of the ball this season, these are devastating blows.