Late Thursday night, Northwestern football announced that star sophomore running back Isaiah Bowser will be inactive on Saturday against UNLV.
Bowser left the Stanford game in the third quarter with an apparent knee injury, finishing with 54 yards on 10 attempts. Jesse Brown, who had been the main third-down back early in the contest, remained largely in that role, while Drake Anderson and John Moten IV split the remaining carries. Expect a similar by-committee approach against the Rebels.
In a press conference earlier this week, Fitz claimed Bowser was “feeling much better” and participated in practice, but the Wildcats’ bell-cow back was ultimately listed inactive.
The injury report also lists defensive ends Devin O’Rourke and Eku Leota as out for Saturday’s game. The lone piece of good news that fans received is that starting cornerback and senior captain Trae Williams appears to be good to go after being carted off in the Stanford game. Left tackle Rashawn Slater also went down late against the Cardinal and was left off the injury report.
The Wildcats will take on UNLV in the team’s home opener from Ryan Field at 2:30 CDT this Saturday.