It's not often that a player decides to leave his team during the season (where it becomes public) and returns. So when it happens, particularly with a good young player, it seems almost like a minor miracle. The Huskers had already lost a starting-caliber offensive tackle in sophomore Tyler Moore prior to the season. Moore is now set to transfer to Florida. Starting-caliber sophomore defensive tackle Chase Rome left the team in the week prior to the Arkansas State game. Now he has rejoined the team.
It's not unusual for young players to entertain the thought of quitting the team. The physical and emotional demands can be overwhelming at times. It's not even that uncommon for a player to very briefly quit (say for less than 24 hours), as former NU quarterback Eric Crouch seems to have flirted with in his sophomore year. But it's quite rare for the whole team and whole community to become aware of a player's departure, only to see the player return a week or more later. That's what's remarkable in Rome's case.
Tyler Moore might have regretted his decision to leave the team, but returning didn't seem like an easy option. As his father said, "The big question was how open would his teammates be after he left. That would have been a big gamble. They would have every right to be apprehensive about welcoming him back. That kind of weighed on his decision." You can surely imagine how awkward that would be, to say the least.
In Rome's case, and we certainly don't know all of the details, he opted to face the music. Not an easy decision. Hopefully, he can be integrated back into the team fairly quickly. Because he'll be needed. If the coaches are forgiving in his case, then players and fans ought to be as well. His return should help the team through a tough Big Ten season.