Nebraska’s defensive line rotation got a little thinner Wednesday when coach Bo Pelini confirmed sophomore tackle Chase Rome is off the team “for the foreseeable future.”
Pelini said Rome is “dealing with some personal issues.”
“His personal perception of where he should be on this team doesn’t match the team goals,” Pelini said of Rome.
The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder from Columbia, Mo., finished last year with 13 tackles and started the Huskers’ first two games this season, notching four tackles – including one for loss. But Rome didn’t play as much at UCLA, getting replaced by redshirt freshman Kevin Williams and true freshman Aaron Curry.
In Rome’s absence, redshirt freshman Todd Peat, Jr. may get more of a playing opportunity. He’s spent much of his early career injured. He did not make the 105-man roster in August.
“He’s been doing a lot of rehab, a lot of extra work on the side,” defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski said. “He’s just getting back into football shape and learning how to play the game with tempo…you definitely see those flashes. Unfortunately, he’s been out of the game so long that his placement and footwork (needs work). But when he steps correctly and gets his eyes where they’re supposed to be, he’s a pretty powerful football player.”
Also: Wide receiver Tyler Wullenwaber tore his ACL in practice during a special teams drill; there’s now a chance that true freshman Jordan Westerkamp could play, Pelini said.