Published Thursday, September 20, 2012 AT 5:50 PM / Updated at 6:38 PM
Practice report: DT Rome returns
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

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:

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  1. Jimmer says:

    Welcome back Rome! Glad to have him back, reenergized and refocused, NU needs every body they can get on the D Line.

  2. Adam T. says:

    1. Did not notice that he left.
    2. Have a feeling he will have the same amount of tackles or sacks.

  3. mac says:

    If Chase is committed to the team and to giving 100% then Great..i wish him well. Thanks for coming back, Chase. Wishing you well and much success.

  4. Its often hard for fans to remember that these are basically young amateurs dealing with teenage angst. It is our pro team so we think we should act like the fans of pro teams. They’re kids. Root for them, support them, and enjoy the experience.

    1. Waskel Wabbit says:

      Agreed. Sometimes we all lose that thought. We can only hope he’s coming back for the right reasons. Lord knows we need the help on the DL.

    2. dismal swamp huskers says:

      Let me get this straight… These same 18-22 year old kids are expected to accept roles as sailors, soldiers and airmen and man up, but the kid playing a sport in college is allowed to have “teenage angst”?

      Football, in particular, is the ultimate team sport. Eleven members doing a job and having faith that the other ten people are committed to their jobs. These kids made a commitment to their teammates when they arrived on campus. If we don’t hold these kids to their commitments now, when do we start?

      1. Waskel Wabbit says:

        And just exactly how do you “hold these kids to their commitments?” I’m not defending his leaving the team, but maybe, as an “adult,” he realized he made a mistake and is correcting it. If he is accepted back by Bo and his teammates, who are you (we) to question it? Consider the fact he had the nads to come back…unlike Moore.

        1. JIM Wyatt says:

          Lets just support our team no matter what the circumstances are!!! If the team shows unity that just makes everyone work harder together instead of against each other!! I will never turn my back on the huskers no matter what!! Yes i get frustrated when things don’t go the way i want them to but i still bleed red through good and bad!!!! True fans don’t put the players down we let them know they are only human and as human beings we all fall its how u get back up and learn from your mistakes !! :)

      2. agromatic says:

        Your argument doesn’t hold much water. Look at the washout rate of the same 18-22 year-olds who enlist in the Marine Corps.

        1. Emmeran says:

          This is not the same thing. Please don’t even begin to compare those commitments.

          Also it’s good to remember that failure to honor one’s commitment to the Corps results in jail time. Not so for these young lads.

          I wish him the best and by the tone of this article I’m quite sure he has his regrets, these regrets which he will forever have to live with even should he win a championship at his next school.

  5. Trash MaN DaN says:

    Not the Victory but the Action
    Not the Goal but the Game
    In the Deed the Glory

  6. AZHUSKER says:

    Maybe if the team, not coaches, contacted Tyler he could reconsider and return to Nebraska. It sounds like that is what he wants to do but needs reassurance from the team he would be welcome.

    1. Savage Husker says:

      If Moore really considered returning but feared the perception his teammates have about him, then be gone. It is not for the team to reach out, he walked out on them and if he really wanted to return he would have to man up and speak to his teammates. It doesn’t exactly sound like he is mature enough to own up to his actions and ran away from his issues. He’s young, I know, but the team shouldn’t have to beg him to return. Kind of sounds like a prima donna.

  7. NUCORNDEVIL says:

    I sometimes wonder if Pelini walked out to midfield during a football game, and took a dump right on the ‘N’ at mid field, you people would complain there wasn’t a toilet paper dispenser brought out to him.
    I bet some of you would go as far as rushing the field to collect a souvenir, for the grandkids.

    1. TexasHusker says:

      I sometimes wonder what it would be like to read a story about Nebraska football without you taking a dump on our team and our coaches in the comments section.

      Oddly enough, excrement is the first thing that comes to mind every time I see the moniker, “NUCORNDEVIL.”

      1. VanCleef says:

        A BIG, +1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. joey says:

    Donut Boy?…lol.

    1. VanCleef says:

      No, Dumb ba$^&rd!!!!!!!!

  9. TexasHusker says:

    Very, VERY glad to see Chase Rome back with the team, where he belongs.

  10. TexasHusker says: