When Nebraska star DT Jared Crick suffered a season-ending torn pectoral muscle last October, the team turned to a young lineman named Chase Rome.
Just a redshirt freshman, Rome made two starts and saw action in 10 games. He started the first two games this fall alongside veteran DT Baker Steinkuhler.
But Rome's future with Nebraska is in doubt after coach Bo Pelini announced Wednesday that Rome has left the program. Pelini said Rome's "personal goals and personal perception of where he should be on this football team doesn't match the team goals." Rome won't be with the Huskers for the "foreseeable future," Pelini said, and Pelini will make an announcement when Rome's status is finalized.
Rome played sparingly in Nebraska's 36-30 loss to UCLA last Saturday as freshmen Kevin Williams and Aaron Curry saw increased field time. Todd Peat Jr. also could be in the mix. Although Rome's departure leaves the Huskers with only two veteran options on the interior line -- Steinkuhler and Thad Randle -- line coach Rick Kaczenski doesn't sound too concerned.
From the Lincoln Journal Star:
"I don’t think it affects anybody," the coach said. "You look at last week [at UCLA], Thad Randle played 31 plays. Kevin Williams played 43 plays. Aaron Curry got in there and he's going to continue to play more. We've been trying to get him on the field more and more."
Nebraska returns to the field Saturday against Arkansas State.