Freshman cornerback Jahdae Barron will miss the game with a back injury, junior safety BJ Foster is out with a hamstring injury, junior running back Keaontay Ingram is still recovering from his high ankle sprain, and junior cornerback Jalen Green is also out with an ankle injury.
Ingram has reportedly opted out for the remainder of the season and is expected to enter the NCAA transfer portal after sitting out since he suffered his ankle injury against Oklahoma State in late October.
In the defensive backfield, the injuries are exacerbated by junior safety Caden Sterns declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft and opting out. Barron is a special teams contributor and third-string cornerback, but Green was a member of the cornerback rotation with junior D’Shawn Jamison and redshirt junior Josh Thompson. Like Green, Foster rotated in with the starters and was expected to replace Sterns. With Foster out, redshirt junior Montrell Estell, sophomore Tyler Owens, and freshman Jerrin Thompson could all see playing time at safety.
In addition to the players mentioned on the team’s injury report, senior center Derek Kerstetter was listed as questionable with a sprained ankle in head coach Tom Herman’s Monday press conference. However, Herman expects Kerstetter to play: