Rome not with team "for the foreseeable future"

2012-09-12T18:41:00Z 2015-04-03T21:17:25Z Rome not with team "for the foreseeable future"By BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Defensive tackle Chase Rome is not currently with the Husker football team and "won't be for the foreseeable future," head coach Bo Pelini said after Wednesday's practice.

"Bottom line is, his personal goals and his personal perception of where he should be on this football team doesn't match the team, doesn't match the team goals," Pelini said. "So that's that."

The sophomore defensive tackle saw an increased role in the second half of last season and started both games this fall.

However, Rome did not see as many snaps in the UCLA game as redshirt freshman Kevin Williams, and coaches have talked about younger players having increased roles going forward.

The Huskers are looking for answers on the defensive line after a game in which they gave up 653 yards of offense. With Rome's departure, defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski said redshirt freshman Todd Peat Jr. could see some action.

Peat has battled ankle and back injuries and had previously been working on the scout team.

As for Rome, the native of Columbia, Mo., was a four-star recruit in the 2010 recruiting class. He redshirted that fall. He had 13 tackles in 10 games last season and four tackles this year.

"When that situation resolves itself, I'll have a final statement on it," Pelini said of Rome.

Pelini usually does not speak to reporters on Wednesdays but did so to address the situation, which had already been rumored.

The coach actually began his post-practice talk with the subject of sophomore wide receiver Tyler Wullenwaber, who was carted off the practice field Tuesday.

"First and foremost, Tyler Wullenwaber blew his ACL out yesterday," Pelini said. "He's out for the year."

The injury occurred during a special-teams drill.

"Just a bum deal, because he's dealt with a couple injuries and he was having a heckuva year," Pelini said. "But he'll come back full-strength. It's nothing that's going to kill his career or anything."

Wullenwaber, who is among the fastest players on the team, had two catches for 13 yards in the first two games.

Pelini said the injury could "possibly" lead to a player such as true freshman Jordan Westerkamp contending for playing time, "but we'll see how that plays out in the next couple of weeks."

While disappointed about the injury, wide receivers coach Rich Fisher said Nebraska still has plenty of players at the position that he feel can get the job done without necessarily having to burn Westerkamp's redshirt.

"Our motto in that room is, 'Next guy up,'" Fisher said.

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