Among those still designated as questionable for Saturday’s game at Northwestern (11 a.m. CT, FOX) include nose tackle Olive Sagapolu (left leg) and safety D’Cota Dixon (right leg).
Redshirt freshman safety Scott Nelson (right leg) has been downgraded to out, joining starting defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk (left leg) and reserve defensive back Travian Blaylock (right leg). Also added as out this week is redshirt freshman cornerback Deron Harrell (right leg), adding more injuries to the defensive backfield.
In a hint of good news, Wisconsin removed safety Reggie Pearson and cornerback Faion Hicks (both left leg) from the injury list.
If Sagapolu cannot go on Saturday, that would elevate true freshman Bryson Williams to be the starting nose tackle. Williams enrolled earlier during the spring and has taken advantage of that opportunity, propelling himself up into the two deep. He has played in all seven games this year, recording five tackles.
Here is the updated injury report:
- S D’Cota Dixon (right leg)
- NT Olive Sagapolu (left leg)
Out for Illinois
- CB Travian Blaylock (right leg)
- CB Deron Harrell (right leg)
- DE Isaiahh Loudermilk (left leg)
- S Scott Nelson (right leg)
Out for Season
- TE Zander Neuville (left leg)
- OLB Mason Platter (right leg)
- DE Garrett Rand (right leg)
- DE Blake Smithback (right leg)