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LINCOLN — Nebraska has lost a key member of its defensive line rotation, which should create more opportunities for younger players at the position.
Sophomore Chase Rome is not on the Nebraska football team and won't be for the “foreseeable future,” coach Bo Pelini said Wednesday after practice. Pelini said he'll make an announcement when Rome's status is finalized, but the sophomore will have to work out a “personal issue” first.
“Bottom line is, his personal goals, his personal perception of where he should be on this football team doesn't match the team goals,” Pelini said.
The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder from Columbia, Mo., finished last year with 13 tackles and started the Huskers' first two games this season, notching four tackles — including one for loss. But Rome didn't play as much at UCLA, getting replaced by redshirt freshman Kevin Williams and true freshman Aaron Curry.
Those two will receive even more reps in Rome's absence. As will redshirt freshman Todd Peat, who's been rehabbing from a back injury and has just started getting back into football shape, according to defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski.
“You definitely see those flashes,” Kaczenski said of the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Peat. “Unfortunately, he's been out of the game so long that his hand placement and footwork (need work). But when he steps correctly and gets his eyes where they're supposed to be, he's a pretty powerful football player that we're going to be counting on in the years to come.”
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Junior Thad Randle is in the mix as well, though he's still struggling to come back from offseason knee surgery. Randle, who played in six games in 2011 and 12 in 2010, has recorded six tackles through two games this year.
“He's just trying to get through it,” Kaczenski said. “We're just trying to get him to Saturdays.”
Nebraska could use the experience. Without Rome, Randle and Baker Steinkuhler are the clear veterans on the interior.
Rome played in 10 games during the 2011 season, starting two while battling a groin injury late in the year. He served as Steinkuhler's backup through the nonconference season until Jared Crick suffered a season-ending injury. A four-star recruit in high school, Rome turned down offers from Florida, Missouri and Oklahoma State to attend NU. He redshirted during his first season.
Attempts to reach Rome were unsuccessful Wednesday.
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