TAMPA — Northwestern will be without senior cornerback Nick VanHoose and senior offensive lineman Geoff Mogus for its Outback Bowl matchup with Tennessee, but safety Kyle Queiro will return to the lineup. There are otherwise no new injuries for the Wildcats.
VanHoose, as expected, is out with 'Jersey Finger,' an injury he suffered in practice in mid-December. VanHoose was ever-present in Northwestern's starting lineup this year, and, along with junior cornerback Matt Harris, was a big reason for the success of NU's defense.
Queiro, however, who missed most of the season after breaking his forearm against Ball State, has made a full recovery. With VanHoose out, Queiro will presumably be relied upon heavily in nickel packages as a third cornerback. He could also occasionally spell either Godwin Igwebuike or Traveon Henry at safety.
Wide receiver Christian Jones is also good to go for the Wildcats. Jones was injured in Northwestern's regular season finale at Soldier Field against Illinois, but will be back for the bowl game.
Mogus and fellow offensive lineman Adam DePietro remain out, as does linebacker Jaylen Prater.
Northwestern and Tennessee take the field Friday, Jan. 1 at noon ET (11 a.m. CT). The game can be seen on ESPN2.