Albert Rosette: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Nevada ILB
Weight: 240 pounds
40-yard time: 4.91 seconds
Rosette (No. 51 in white) was nothing more than a second-string linebacker and special teams player his freshman and sophomore seasons. He was promoted to starting left defensive end as a junior in 2011, even though he lacked ideal size for the position.
Getting shifted to inside linebacker last season turned his senior year into a real eye-opener. He collected triple-digit tackles and started to capture the attention of NFL scouts.
His spot on any team’s draft board is probably no higher than sixth round. His path to the NFL may require being picked up as a street free agent. Any scout who has had his eye on Rosette is certainly aware of his background.
1. Rosette Can Get the Hustle Sack
In this video from the 2011 Hawaii Bowl, the Nevada DE is initially blocked as he tries an inside stunt to penetrate the pocket. For a moment, he disappears in the clash between the offensive and defensive lines.
The Southern Miss. QB ducks under the first sack attempt, then Rosette bursts through the line with his second effort. The quarterback can do nothing but duck his head and take the 10-yard loss.
According to this audio clip from blogtalkradio.com, Albert “Likes the odd-front (3-4) better because you can blitz more.” This play shows he is capable of pulling it off.
2. Mountain West Conference Leading Tackler
Rosette had 98 total tackles in eight conference games, which led the entire MWC.
He accomplished this in a conference that had seven of the top 50 rushers in the NCAA. The MWC actually had eight, but the top running back was his own teammate Stefphon Jefferson. He was second in the nation with 1,883 rushing yards.
Other top runners on their 2012 schedule were Kasey Carrier of New Mexico with 1,469 yards and Robbie Rouse of Fresno State with 1,490 yards. They ranked 12th and 16th, respectively.
Matt Miller likens Rosette to Dannell Ellerbe in his pre-draft synopsis of the Nevada ILB.
3. 2012 All-Mountain West First-Team
His best game of the year was when he shared the Week 12 Mountain West Co-Defensive Player Of The Week award for his 15 tackles in a 31-24 win at New Mexico.
This video from the New England Patriots website highlights his work in coverage and open-field tackling.
4. Playing at Nevada Is a Family Tradition
Rosette’s dad Albert played football for longtime coach Chris Ault in the early 1980s.
Ault led the Wolf Pack from 1976 to 2012 as either coach or athletic director. He recruited the younger Rosette to Nevada, where Albert redshirted his first season.
Rosette starred at De La Salle High School in Concord, California, one of the top high school football programs in the country. The fact he chose Nevada over the other schools courting him shows just how deep this tradition runs.
5. The De La Salle HS-NFL Connection
The high school alma mater of Albert Rosette has a record unmatched by any other nationally recognized program.
Their national record 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2004 is reason enough for this level of recognition. The short list of NFL players that have attended this school is almost as impressive:
- Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars
- Amani Toomer – New York Giants
- D. J. Williams – Chicago Bears
- Derek Landri – Philadeplhia Eagles
- T.J. Ward – Cleveland Browns
Obviously, Rosette hopes he is the next in line.
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