Heading into a matchup against one of the nation’s best quarterbacks in Christian Hackenberg, Northwestern will have two key defensive starters available against the Nittany Lions. Cornerback Matthew Harris and defensive tackle C.J. Robbins are not listed on this week’s injury report, meaning it’s likely we’ll see them on the field Saturday afternoon.
Here’s the full injury report:
Harris was declared out for the “forseeable future” by head coach Pat Fitzgerald after suffering a facial injury in Northwestern’s 38-0 loss to Michigan on Oct. 10. Harris was down on the field for an extended period of time at that point, so seeing him return to action is great news for him and should be a huge boost for the Wildcats’ secondary.
Robbins missed Northwestern’s victory over Nebraska before the bye week, but appears to be ready to return this week as well. His presence could be significant against a Penn State offensive line that has struggled for much of the season.
Northwestern and Penn State kick off from Ryan Field at 11 a.m. Saturday morning.