Sophomore defensive tackle Chase Rome, who temporarily left the NU program last week, has rejoined the Huskers and is available to play against Idaho State Saturday, coach Bo Pelini said Thursday.
Pelini said Rome has returned with “the right attitude” after a personal issue prompted a week-long absence. Rome started the first two games at defensive tackle for Nebraska this season.
“He’s ready to come back,” Pelini said. “He’s been practicing with us all week.”
An update on the DT rotation: Junior Thad Randle (still battling back from offseason knee surgery) started in Rome’s place last week, lining up next to senior Baker Steinkuhler. Redshirt freshman Kevin Williams’ role has increased lately. The same is expected for true freshman Aaron Curry and redshirt freshman Todd Peat (recovering from back surgery in March).
Other notes from Pelini are below…
>> Pelini confirmed that offensive tackle Tyler Moore won’t return to Nebraska after leaving the program in August. Moore reportedly will transfer to Florida. … His father, Brian, told The Tampa Bay Times that Tyler considered coming back to NU but worried about the team’s reaction. Said Brian: “The big question was how open would his teammates be after he left. That would have been a big gamble. They would have every right to be apprehensive about welcoming him back. That kind of weighed on his decision.”
>> Redshirt freshman David Santos and sophomore Corey Cooper both practiced at the weakside linebacker position this week and should see time there Saturday, Pelini said. Who gets more playing time? Depends on the looks that Idaho State gives, according to Pelini.
>> Nebraska’s a heavy favorite this weekend, which provides the players with a chance to prove how mentally focused they can be. Pelini will be watching. “We’re going to find out a lot about our football team this week. The maturity, and our approach. We’ve got to come out and be ready to attack this football team right from the start.”
>> Listen to Bo Pelini’s post-practice session with the media Thursday: