Tyler Moore is back home in Florida, and according to his dad, that’s where the sophomore offensive lineman is likely to stay this fall as he reassesses his college options that still include Nebraska.
Former Husker tight end Brian Moore told the Journal Star Monday that his son will likely enroll in some community college classes in Florida this fall and then decide if he is returning to Nebraska or enrolling at local schools like Florida State or Florida in January.
As for any possibility of Moore returning to Nebraska this fall?
“I'd never say never but I can't see it happening because I can't imagine what would change that fast,” Brian Moore said. "I'm sure we could talk him back into going back right now but it wouldn't take care of the things that are causing problems for him.”
Asked if his son had a problem with coaches, he said: "I'm not going to get into that. But I will say this, he loves Bo (Pelini) and he loves Coach (Tim) Beck, and we're still in regular contact with Bo and Coach Beck trying to work through this whole thing.”
He said much of the rumblings that have surrounded his son’s situation have not been true. There were no thrown helmets and Moore did not walk out of practice, the father said.
“We were talking on the phone, and there were things he wasn’t happy about,” Brian Moore said. “Basically, it was, if you’re not happy then let’s get this sorted out before next season.”
The dad said Pelini has told the family the door is still open for the left tackle to return.
“Bo wanted him to stay. I said, ‘Let me have him just for the semester, let's give him a chance to catch his breath, so that if he comes back he's back 100 percent and not that he comes back and he's upset again,’” Moore said. “Because this has cropped up one other time and we talked him into staying.”
The 6-foot-6, 305-pound from Clearwater, Fla., was one of the prized recruits in Nebraska's 2011 recruiting class, and became the first true freshman to ever start on Nebraska's offensive line when he got started the first four games of last season.
After Monday’s practice, Husker offensive coordinator Tim Beck said Moore has “some things he needs to straighten out on his own. We're giving him his freedom to be able to do that."
Even without Moore, Beck said he “really likes our guys” at the tackle spot, citing the names of Andrew Rodriguez, Brent Qvale and Jeremiah Sirles.
"You hate to ever lose a guy out of your program, any young man, it doesn’t matter what position he is,” Beck said. “And he’s just a young guy. You’d love him to be able to work through things. But hey, we play Sept. 1, they’re not going to cancel the game on us, right? We got to be ready to go. We got to put 11 guys out there.”
Brian Moore said his son still has strong feelings about the Huskers.
“Someone said (to him), ‘Well, I suppose you’re going to get rid of your Nebraska stuff now,’” Brian Moore said. “And Tyler said, ‘No, I’m a Husker, I will always be a Husker. In fact when we were driving home yesterday, we were driving by Gainesville and I said, ‘Look, it’s two hours away from our house. How would you feel about wearing blue and orange instead of red?’ And he said, ‘I like wearing red.’”