Huskers lose two, retain recruit Dixon

The news has been out there for some time, but Nebraska coach Bo Pelini confirmed Wednesday that running back Braylon Heard and defensive tackle Chase Rome both have left the program and will transfer.

Heard, a promising sophomore in 2012, appeared in all 12 games as a reserve and had 52 rushes for 348 yards and three touchdowns. Nebraska returns Ameer Abdullah and Imani Cross, who emerged as a true freshman last fall, but the Huskers ground game would have benefited from Heard remaining in Lincoln. It'll be interesting to see where he ends up.

Rome started three games last season, briefly leaving the team in September before returning. Nebraska needs help along the defensive line, and Rome likely would have been in the mix for significant playing time in 2013. But he seemed to have a lot of issues while in Lincoln -- remember the incident at the Madison airport? -- so maybe it's best he moves on.

Wednesday brought some good news for Nebraska, which signed a very solid recruiting class of 26 players (23 incoming freshman, three junior college transfers). Tre'vell Dixon, an ESPN 300 athlete from Baldwin, La., provided the drama for Big Red, signing with the school after twice decommitting. It appeared Dixon would sign with Arizona State on Tuesday night, but he ended up with Nebraska. He's rated as the nation's No. 32 athlete by ESPN Recruiting.

Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis joked about Dixon's dalliance on social media with fellow Huskers assistant Terry Joseph, who recruited Dixon out of Bayou Country. Papuchis tweeted Wednesday, "S/O to by boy @Coach_TJoseph pulling off a triple commit. Does that count three times?"

Wonder if the coaches will make Dixon run three times as many gassers as the other freshmen when he arrives in Lincoln.