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Rome returns to team; Moore definitely gone

2012-09-20T20:40:00Z 2012-09-21T00:33:03Z Rome returns to team; Moore definitely goneBy BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Chase Rome is back. Tyler Moore is most definitely gone.

That was cleared up after Thursday's practice when Husker football coach Bo Pelini met with the media.

Rome, the sophomore defensive tackle who took an absence from the program early last week, is back working with the team and is available for Saturday's game against Idaho State.

"(He) got through some issues and was ready to come back," Pelini said. "He's been practicing with us all week."

One player who will not return is offensive lineman Tyler Moore, who left the program in fall camp and moved back to his home state of Florida.

ESPN.com reported Thursday that Moore intends to transfer to the University of Florida.

Pelini said because Moore is attending a community college this fall, there doesn't need to be a scholarship release from Nebraska's end at this point.

"He's done with our program, yeah," Pelini said.

Pelini did not know in August when Moore first left if that was a permanent departure or not.

Now it's clear.

"When somebody leaves the football team for any reason, you wish them well," Pelini said. "(But) believe me, I don't have time to spend that kind of time on it. Obviously I tried to help him through it initially. You wish him well, but he's not a part of our football team so he's the least of my concerns."

In the case of Rome, Pelini had said last week that the defensive lineman's "personal goals and his personal perception of where he should be on this football team doesn't match the team."

But Pelini said Rome has returned with the necessary mind-set.

With Rome not on the field this past Saturday against Arkansas State, junior Thad Randle got the start in his place, next to Baker Steinkuhler. Freshmen Kevin Williams and Aaron Curry are also getting increased snaps at the defensive tackle spots.

But certainly Rome's return could help Nebraska's depth on the interior of that line, especially with Randle playing hobbled as he comes back from offseason knee surgery.

Pelini was asked if there was anything he needed to hear from Rome for him to come back.

"No, he had some personal issues that he needed to get worked out," the coach said. "I said I wasn't sure how it was going to resolve itself. It worked itself out. He's come back with the right attitude and we'll see how it plays out."

Reach Brian Christopherson at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. You can follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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