One of the biggest enigmas this season has been about the status of star strong safety Tracy Wilson. He injured his groin way back in the Illinois game and hasn't seen the field since. Ironically enough, the Huskies have gone 4-0 during that span.
There have been some players here and there missing games, but this has been the most significant injury of the season. The Huskies have done well without him, as veteran seniors Mike Sobol and Garrett Barnas have filled in admirably. A groin or hamstring pull is one of the trickiest injuries to deal with. If you go out there and you're not 100%, then then you're probably going to miss a lot more games:
"You can't go to war with somebody that's 80 or 90 percent when you got somebody that's been playing that's 100 percent," Kill said. "Until Tracy's 100 percent, I'm not going to play him."
Prediction: Out for CMU. Limited playing time vs. WMU and full go against Toledo.
Chippewas missing starters
A couple weeks ago, Jake Olson, the starting left tackle for the Chips was declared out for the season because of a knee injury. Right tackle Rocky Weaver switched over to LT and sophomore backup Erik Fisher filled Weaver's spot.
This week, starting RG Darren Keyton will miss the NIU game after suffering a knee injury that will keep him out for at least two weeks. Expected to replace him is Aaron Kaczmarski, who is just a redshirt freshman.
That's two brand new starters on the offensive line against arguably the Huskies biggest strength on defense. Not good for a team that is already 103rd in the nation in giving up sacks.
As if it couldn't get any worse, starting CB LaVarus Williams is also out for the season with a knee injury. TRUE FRESHMAN Avery Cunningham, who gave up the last second touchdown to Miami last weekend is set to make his second start ever against the Huskies.
Not good for a team that was already inexperienced in the secondary to begin the season. CMU has the 6th ranked pass efficiency defense in the MAC so far. NIU's long list of productive receivers will look to have a field day this Saturday.
Oh, and leading rusher RB Paris Cotton is doubtful as well:
"We’re going to coach whoever’s out there," Enos said. "When you get into a situation like this in the season, young guys got to step up."