Lincoln, NE - For the second time in a week, an offensive lineman is making major headlines at the University of Nebraska.
On Saturday, head coach Bo Pelini confirmed sophomore Tyler Moore has "left the team temporarily." The Florida product has been projected by many to be a starter at left tackle this season. Pelini says Moore can return if desired.
"I'm not exactly sure if that's going to be permanent or not permanent," said Pelini after the Huskers Saturday practice. "He's working through some things personally."
Moore joined the Huskers in January 2011, after participating in the Army All-American game as a senior. A legacy recruit, Moore's father Brian, lettered for the Huskers in 1985.
Before committing to Nebraska, Moore had offers from Florida, Ohio State, Miami, Florida State, Tennessee, Clemson, and Michigan. Coming out of high school, Fox Sports NEXT rated the senior as the nation's No. 15 offensive tackle in the 2011 class.
Pelini told reporters that he had a conversation with Moore's father early on Saturday morning.
"He said there's a bunch of things being said out on the Internet - the blogs and whatever you call the boards and things, that aren't true," Pelini said.
Moore played in nine games in 2011, starting in the Huskers four non-conference match-ups, as senior Marcel Jones rehabbed from injury. In the process, he became the first true freshman offensive lineman to start in a season opener for Nebraska.
Earlier in the week, Moore confirmed to reporters he struggled going to limited action in 2011 when Jones returned to the field. The senior was a seventh round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints.
“The first couple weeks I probably didn’t handle it the greatest,” said Moore. “I was a little down, but after that, once we got to Michigan State, I started working hard and taking a lot more reps, since we had injuries and everything. I got to practice more, learn more, and get a lot more reps, so that really helped.”
Last Saturday, Pelini confirmed the news that Ryan Klatchko, a former four-star offensive guard in Moore's class, had decided to leave the program.
“We have a culture around here,” Pelini said then. “And if somebody doesn’t feel they fit into that culture — for whatever reason — he decided to take his talents someplace else. I wish him well.’’
Nebraska opens their 2012 season with Southern Miss on Sept. 1st.