One of the bigger question marks heading into Saturday night’s Bison at Northern Iowa game is the health status of the Panthers. It’s not certain how UNI came through its Big Ten matchups at Iowa and Wisconsin, two programs who tend to be constructed with physical players in mind, especially the Badgers.
UNI head coach Mark Farley was not specific with his injury list this week, both on the Missouri Valley Football Conference call and in a story in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier newspaper. Starting middle linebacker Max Busher and starting cornerback J.J. Swain did not play last week against Youngstown. He told the Courier he expects a couple of players back but that his team also lost a couple of players at Youngstown.
NDSU, meanwhile, will have cornerback Marcus Williams (knee) and receiver Ryan Smith (hamstring) back in the starting lineup. “Ryan is 100 percent,” head coach Craig Bohl said earlier this week. “He probably was close to 100 percent last week, but we wanted to make sure the hamstring is healed up.”