Ex-Husker Rome heading to Memphis

2013-07-22T14:12:00Z 2013-07-22T18:18:21Z Ex-Husker Rome heading to MemphisBy BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

There were photos on Twitter over the weekend that seemed to indicate former Husker defensive tackle Chase Rome had decided to continue his football career at the University of Memphis.

In this case, Twitter did not lie.

Rome confirmed to MemphisRoar.com that he is indeed set to play football for the Tigers.

“I’m really excited,” Rome told the website. “Seeing the passion that the players have for the program is something I haven’t seen anywhere. They are so optimistic despite a few tough seasons and have such great drive there.”

A four-star recruit in Nebraska's 2010 recruiting class, Rome is attempting to finish his degree this summer before going to Memphis, where he'll have two years of eligibility remaining.

Memphis finished 4-8 last year while a member of Conference USA. This year will be the Tigers' first in the newly formed American Athletic Conference.

Rome's career at Nebraska was not the smoothest. He momentarily left the Huskers after the first two games last year before being allowed by coaches and teammates to return just a week later.

But it was clear Rome wouldn't be returning again when Husker coach Bo Pelini announced the defensive tackle's departure in February.

“It was mutual,” Pelini said then of Rome's leaving. “We sat down, and he thought it was best that he go and play in another program, and I agreed with him."

Rome recorded 32 tackles and one sack in his two seasons playing for NU.

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