When Chase Rome committed to Nebraska, it marked the seventh consecutive season that a player from Missouri had left home to become a Husker. Missouri, Oklahoma, Florida, and Oklahoma State are just a few of the schools that Rome dismissed on his path to joining the Huskers.
After being handed a red shirt his freshmen year he gained experience on Nebraska’s scout team. Plugging away at practice and developing at a quick pace, Rome found himself on the field in 2011 after several injuries left the Husker defensive line depleted.
Rome showed flashes of brilliance in his first season on the field, but also showed signs of immaturity. After a thrashing by Russell Wilson and Montee Ball at Wisconsin, he was fined $326.50 for ripping the front of a towel dispenser off of an airport wall. He also caught fury from Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini after an unsportsmanlike penalty during the Minnesota game.
The 6-foot-4, 285 lb. interior linemen missed Spring ball with a shoulder injury, but has impressed coaches during fall camp. He is expected to start at Defensive Tackle this Saturday when Southern Miss comes calling.
In an interview last week, Rome made a few comments that may hint to the redshirt sophomore stepping into a leadership role for the 2012 Blackshirts. He was asked if older players needed to reach out to their younger counterparts to bridge the gap of certain divides, Rome responded with, ” I just feel we didn’t really understand accountability and ownership. We waited for coaches to tell us things or tell us to fix things we knew needed fixing anyway. When I say we were divided, I just feel this year everyone has a sense of accountability and a sense of ownership.” The defensive tackle from Colombia, Missouri added, “It feels more like a team now than since I’ve been here, and I’m proud of that. I really am.”
These are the words of someone who seems ready to lead. The only hurdle left… proving himself to be a leader on the field.
By John Ackeren
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