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Northwestern depth chart for Week 3 matchup with Duke

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Injuries, underperformance bring major changes to the depth chart.

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After relative consistency for two weeks, Northwestern has introduced major shakeups to its depth chart, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

Matthew Harris is out after suffering a gruesome head injury on kick coverage against Illinois State. That unit now features sophomore Montre Hartage and redshirt freshman Trae Williams as starters after Alonzo Mayo also left the game with injury. Behind them are two true freshmen: Roderick Campbell and Brian Bullock. Injuries have wreaked havoc on the group: Harris and Mayo will at least miss this game, and Keith Watkins II was lost for the season in training camp. The youngsters will have to learn the ropes quickly.

Up front, the defensive line rotation has been modified. C.J. Robbins, formerly a defensive tackle, has been moved to end and Fred Wyatt has been promoted to starter in the middle alongside Tyler Lancaster. Xavier Washington has kept his starting spot, but Ifeadi Odenigbo—replaced by Robbins—will be his backup. This is likely in an attempt to stop the run more effectively and add some weight up front. Robbins has over 30 pound on Odenigbo. Additionally, Jordan Thompson has officially returned to the depth chart after seeing limited reps in the first two weeks dealing with an injury.

Other changes including Bennett Skowronek being added to the two-deep, replacing Marcus McShepard, Flynn Nagel officially taking over as punt returner and Jared Thomas replacing Shane Mertz as a backup guard.

Starter/1st String Backup/2nd String
Quarterback Clayton Thorson Matt Alviti
Running Back Justin Jackson John Moten IV
X-Receiver Austin Carr Andrew Scanlan
Y-Receiver Flynn Nagel Macan Wilson
Z-Receiver Solomon Vault Bennett Skowronek
Superback Garrett Dickerson Cameron Green
Left Tackle Blake Hance Ben Oxley
Left Guard Connor Mahoney Andrew Otterman
Center Brad North J.B. Butler
Right Guard Tommy Doles Jared Thomas
Right Tackle Eric Olson Sam Coverdale
Starter/1st String Backup/2nd String
Defensive End C.J. Robbins Joe Gaziano
Defensive Tackle Fred Wyatt Jordan Thompson
Defensive Tackle Tyler Lancaster Greg Kuhar
Defensive End Xavier Washington Ifeadi Odenigbo
SAM Linebacker Jaylen Prater Brett Walsh
MIKE Linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. Nathan Fox
WILL Linebacker Joseph Jones Nate Hall
Cornerback Montre Hartage Roderick Campbell
Safety Godwin Igwebuike Parrker Westphal
Safety Kyle Queiro Jared McGee
Cornerback Trae Williams Brian Bullock
Starter/1st String Backup/2nd String
Kicker Jack Mitchell Matt Micucci
Punter Hunter Niswander Matt Micucci
Kickoff Specialist Jack Mitchell Matt Micucci
Kick Returner Solomon Vault
Punt Returner Flynn Nagel
Long Snapper Chris Fitzpatrick