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Northwestern releases Week 8 depth chart for Nebraska

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There's overhaul up front and the return of a key receiver

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern had a few more shakeups in its two-deep this week, mainly on the offensive line.

Geoff Mogus has slid inside to his original position of left guard and Blake Hance is now listed as the starter at left tackle. Mogus had worked on making the transition from guard to tackle over the offseason, but it appears, at least for now, that Hance has shown enough to protect Clayton Thorson's blindside and allow Mogus to go back to guard. Mogus is listed as the second-stringer at left tackle, and Shane Mertz will now back up Mogus at left guard. This was the starting lineup the Wildcats had against the Hawkeyes, but the first time it has been listed as such on the depth chart.

The shuffling on the left side of the line has pushed Matt Frazier over to right guard. He'll be backed up by Brad North, who takes that spot from Adam DePietro, who has missed the past several weeks due to injury but had remained on the two-deep.

In some more encouraging news, Austin Carr is back on the depth chart after missing the Iowa game with an undisclosed injury.

All changes are in bold italics.

Starter/1st String Backup/2nd String
Quarterback Clayton Thorson Zack Oliver OR Matt Alviti
Running Back Justin Jackson Warren Long
X-Receiver Cameron Dickerson Garrett Kidd
Y-Receiver Christian Jones Austin Carr
Z-Receiver Miles Shuler Mike McHugh
Superback Dan Vitale Garrett Dickerson
Left Tackle Blake Hance Geoff Mogus
Left Guard Geoff Mogus Shane Mertz
Center Ian Park J.B. Butler
Right Guard Matt Frazier Brad North
Right Tackle Eric Olson Tommy Doles
Starter/1st String Backup/2nd String
Defensive End Dean Lowry Xavier Washington
Defensive Tackle C.J. Robbins Max Chapman
Defensive Tackle Tyler Lancaster Jordan Thompson
Defensive End Deonte Gibson Ifeadi Odenigbo
SAM Linebacker Drew Smith Joseph Jones
MIKE Linebacker Anthony Walker Cameron Queiro
WILL Linebacker Jaylen Prater Nate Hall
Cornerback Keith Watkins II Marcus McShepard
Safety Traveon Henry Jared McGee
Safety Godwin Igwebuike Terrance Brown
Cornerback Nick VanHoose Montre Hartage
Starter/1st String Backup/2nd String
Kicker Jack Mitchell Arthur Omilian
Punter Hunter Niswander Matt Micucci
Kickoff Specialist Matt Micucci
Kick Returner Solomon Vault Jelani Roberts
Punt Returner Miles Shuler Flynn Nagel
Long Snapper Chris Fitzpatrick