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Northwestern releases depth chart for Week 5 vs. Wisconsin

Jace James makes his first appearance on the two-deep.

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Northwestern Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Fresh off a bye week, Northwestern has released its depth chart for what could be its biggest game of the season. Last time the Wildcats visited Camp Randall Stadium, they escaped with a victory. A win on Saturday would put Northwestern in terrific position to contend for the Big Ten West crown.

The only change from the depth chart against Bowling Green is at wide receiver. Jalen Brown’s injury suffered late in the first half will apparently sideline the Oregon graduate transfer. He is replaced by true freshman Jace James, the sixth first-year to crack the two-deep. There have been no updates on the status of Brown or linebacker Jango Glackin, who exited the Bowling Green game with an injury as well.

Week 5 Depth Chart

Position First Team Second Team
Position First Team Second Team
Quarterback Clayton Thorson Matt Alviti
Running Back Justin Jackson John Moten IV
X-Receiver Flynn Nagel Jelani Roberts
Y-Receiver Macan Wilson Jace James
Z-Receiver Ben Skowronek Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman
Superback Garrett Dickerson Cameron Green
Left Tackle Jared Thomas Blake Hance
Left Guard Blake Hance J.B. Butler
Center Brad North Nik Urban
Right Guard Tommy Doles J.B. Butler
Right Tackle Rashawn Slater Gunnar Vogel
First Team Second Team
Defensive End Joe Gaziano Trent Goens
Defensive Tackle Tyler Lancaster Alex Miller
Defensive Tackle Jordan Thompson Ben Oxley
Defensive End Samdup Miller Fred Wyatt
SAM Linebacker Nate Hall Warren Long
MIKE Linebacker Paddy Fisher Nathan Fox
WILL Linebacker Brett Walsh Blake Gallagher
Cornerback Trae Williams Marcus McShepard
Safety Godwin Igwebuike JR Pace
Safety Kyle Queiro Jared McGee
Cornerback Montre Hartage Moe Almasri
First Team Second Team
Placekicker Charlie Kuhbander Makay Redd
Punter Hunter Niswander Daniel Kubiuk
Kick Returner John Moten IV Jelani Roberts
Punt Returner Flynn Nagel Riley Lees
Long Snapper Tyler Gillikin Trevor Stroebel
Holder Hunter Niswander Daniel Kubiuk
Kickoff Specialist Luke Otto Drew Luckenbaugh

Since Northwestern last released a depth chart, we’ve learned that cornerbacks Roderick Campbell and Brian Bullock will miss the remainder of the 2017 season. Although not included on the two-deep, redshirt sophomore Alonzo Mayo returned in the second half of the Bowling Green game, providing much needed depth to a position group that will miss three meaningful players for the entire season.

We’ll have a film study on Wisconsin’s run game, analysis of Alex Hornibrook’s maturation as a quarterback and all the coverage of the big game that you could possibly want this week. Stay tuned.

Have a great Monday, everyone.