Rome USM

Rome returns

Sophomore defensive tackle Chase Rome is back on the football team head coach Bo Pelini announced Thursday. Rome left the program last week with Pelini citing “personal issues” as the reason, but he’s back now and will be available on Saturday.

“He got through some issues and was ready to come back. He’s been in practice with us all week,” Pelini said of Rome’s return.

Rome had four tackles and a half tackle for a loss as a starter in the Huskers’ first two games this season.

A few other quick hits from Thursday’s practice:

–Pelini confirmed an ESPN report that former Nebraska left tackle Tyler Moore will transfer to Florida. “He’s done with our program,” Pelini said. Moore left Nebraska and enrolled at a junior college in Florida back in August.

–On paper, Idaho State might have a hard time matching up with Nebraska athletically on Saturday but Pelini said Nebraska still has plenty to prove this week.

“I just told our team, we’re going to find out a lot about our football team this week. We have to come out and be ready to attack this football team from the start. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”

–Expect to see David Santos and Corey Cooper getting a lot of time at the Will linebacker spot on Saturday. Pelini said Cooper, a safety/dime back at the start of the season, has made a lot of progress the past few weeks.

“He’s come a long way,” Pelini said. “He’s a lot better now going into week four than he was going into week one. He’s figured a lot of things out,  developed a lot better understanding (of the defense), and he’s playing with a lot more confidence.”

–Pelini had a similar evaluation of nickel back Ciante Evans.

“Ciante’s really come a long way. He’s playing really good, steady football for us. I think his understanding of the position and where he was last year is night and day. He’s playing at a pretty high level for us,” Pelini said.

Evans leads Nebraska this season with four pass break-ups and is sixth on the team with 13 total tackles.