Northwestern received some bad news in the lead up to its contest with Nebraska, as left tackle Rashawn Slater and starting running back Isaiah Bowser will not be playing in today’s game due to injury. Both players were not suited up on the field during warmups.
Slater has started in nearly every game he has featured in since arriving in Evanston, and is one of the anchors of Kurt Anderson’s line. The left tackle is obviously a big loss for the ‘Cats, and will likely be replaced by Ethan Wiederkehr in what would be his first career start.
A breakout player in the 2018 season, Bowser has established himself as the main ball carrier for Fitzgerald’s team. The Sidney, Ohio native has struggled thus far in 2019, averaging 3.6 yards per carry and failing to score on the season.
John Moten IV will look to share carries with Drake Anderson, as Jesse Brown will not be playing either. True first-year Evan Hull is the third running back suited up for the ‘Cats.
Unsurprisingly, though he did make the trip with the team, cornerback Trae Williams remains out as well with an unspecified injury.