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Panthers' Rose to continue football dream at Wesleyan

Posted Thursday, May 01, 2008 by JP Dale
Article from Madison Courier 5-2-08

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When Carroll County's Daniel Rose went down with an injury in the Panthers' season opener last fall, it robbed the standout senior of what promised to be super swansong to his career at Carroll County.

Rose battled back to have a great game in the Panthers' season-ending upset of highly-ranked Dayton, but his real curtain call came Wednesday when he signed to play college football for head coach Brent Holsclaw at Kentucky Wesleyan in Owensboro, Ky.

"It's always been Daniel's dream to play college football," Weedman said of the player who was named preseason District player of the year prior to that injury. "Soon, he'll be realizing the first half of that dream. The second half will be when he completes his college career and gets his Bachelor's Degree.

"Today's signing is a reflection of Daniel's hard work and character," Weedman added.

Weedman said while it was disappointing that Rose was unable to play to the top of his potential during the 2007 season, he still has great potential for the future.

"Daniel suffered a nagging ankle injury the first game of the season and saw limited play the rest of the way," Weedman said. "The positive thing, though, is he's back and ready to go once his college career begins."

"I'm excited and relieved at the same time to finally get the chance to play at the next level," Rose said.

Rose's father, Scott, who was on hand for the signing, thanked everyone who has been part of his son's career. "A lot of people have worked hard to help him and hard work always pays off. I'm just so proud."

During Rose's career at Carroll County, the two-way standout rushed for more than 2,000 yards, amassed over 600 yards in receiving and scored 21 touchdowns on offense. He also had 76 solo tackles, six sacks and two interceptions.

Rose was twice named first team all-district before being named preseason district player of the year prior to the injury his senior season.

In making his college decision, Rose said he wanted a college where he could continue learning both from an athletic and an academic standpoint.

Since he was very young, Rose has loved animals and one of his goals is to study that in college.

"I wanted either a marine biology course or a zoology course," Rose said.

Rose looked at Morehead State University and Miami of Ohio and others before deciding on Kentucky Wesleyan, where he will begin a four-year program in zoology this fall.

"Kentucky Wesleyan has a good football program and I can study my major," Rose said.

Asked what stands out the most about his career at Carroll County, Rose quickly pointed to a pair of games his senior year.

"The Gallatin County game, before I got hurt, was a lot of fun," said Rose on scoring the team's first touchdown of the season before his injury in that game. "I also liked our final game of the regular season. We beat Dayton and that was lots of fun. I think that was my best-ever game."

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