Former Countryside High offensive lineman Tyler Moore, who over the weekend left Nebraska — where he was expected to be the starting left tackle — will take the fall semester off to reassess his college options.
Those options? Returning to Nebraska, or enrolling at Florida State or Florida. But he is not considering USF, according to his father, Brian Moore.
“He is back home. He had some things he wasn’t happy about at Nebraska, and he’s going to come home to get his head straight,’’ Brian Moore said Monday. “He’ll take classes at St. Pete College, and then in January he’ll make a decision.’’
Brian Moore, a 1985 graduate of Nebraska who played tight end there, said his son will set up meetings with the coaches at FSU and Florida, and could also return to Nebraska.
“He loved Nebraska, he still loves Nebraska,’’ Moore said. “Even when we were driving home yesterday, we were driving by Gainesville and I said maybe you’ll be wearing the blue and orange, but he said I’d rather wear red.’’
As a senior at Countryside in 2010, Tyer was ranked the area's No. 2 football player by the Tampa Bay Times, behind current FSU running back James Wilder Jr. He is now 6 feet 5, 306 pounds and started Nebraska’s season opener as a true freshman last season.
Moore said reports that his son threw a helmet and stormed off during the middle of practice, or is leaving because his girlfriend attends USF, or had issues with the coaches because he was yelled at too much, are not true. He said Tyler almost left in the spring, but was talked into staying after a meeting with head coach Bo Pelini.
“He just wasn’t enjoying himself,’’ Moore said. “And if he’s not enjoying himself, I don’t want him to do it.’’
Pelini told Tyler the door was open for his return.
Tyler has completed 40 hours towards a business major. He will work toward his AA degree at SPC in order to transfer in January and be eligible to play elsewhere next fall if that ends up being his decision. If not, he will complete his classes by spring in hopes of joining FSU or Florida by summer.
“Right now,’’ said Brian Moore, “our No. 1 goal is to get him happy and loving football again.’’
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