UPDATE: Ferguson officially out vs. Iowa

Illini starting running back Josh Ferguson will not play vs. Iowa due to a shoulder injury


Illini senior running back Josh Ferguson is listed as OUT for Saturday's game at Iowa with a shoulder injury suffered during last Saturday's win over Nebraska.

The entire injury list.

6 RB Josh Ferguson – Out
18 WR Mike Dudek – Out
19 WR Justin Hardee – Out
47 LEO Sean Adesanya - Out
47 TE Tim Clary – Out
55 DL Jamal Milan – Out
79 OL Zach Heath – Out
85 DL Brandon Roberts - Out

#2 RB Reggie Corbin – Out for Season
#21 DB Patrick Nelson – Out for Season
#27 RB Dre Brown – Out for Season
#93 DL Teko Powell – Out for Season


CHAMPAIGN - Illinois senior running back Josh Ferguson is "very, very doubtful" for Saturday's game at Iowa with a shoulder injury, Illini interim head coach Bill Cubit said on Monday.

Ferguson left Saturday's 14-13 win over Nebraska late in the first quarter with the injury. He had 50 yards on four carries against Nebraska and suffered the injury on his 48-yard carry.

Cubit said that Ferguson will be re-evaluated on Monday but that he's "probably not as encouraged right now."

"I doubt very much that he'll play," Cubit said. "I'm not optimistic (that he'll play Saturday), but I wouldn't put anything past him."

Cubit did not elaborate if Ferguson will miss extended time. Illinois has an off week next week before hosting Wisconsin for the homecoming game on Oct. 5.

Ferguson is the Illini's leading rusher with 385 yards. Freshman Ke'Shawn Vaughn (325 yards) also has received double-digit carries in every game and had a career-best 98 rushing yards on a career-high 24 carries on Saturday with Ferguson sidelined for most of the game.

“This just means I got to step up,” Vaughn said of Ferguson's injury following the win. “I got to get out this freshman shell. I’m no longer considered a freshman on the field. I have to step up and help my team."

Vaughn has proven capable of leading the Illini rushing attack but Ferguson's versatility cannot be replaced. Ferguson is fourth among Illini in career all-purpose yardage and is the Illini's career receiving leader among running backs.

Ferguson had multiple injuries early in his career -- he received a medical redshirt during his first year at Illinois after missing nine games with a hamstring injury -- but has played in 33 straight games, dating back to the 2012 season.

Junior Henry Enyenihi, who has 18 carries for 57 yards this season (3.4 ypc),  also will receive extra reps. He had no carries against Nebraska. 

"Fortunately, Ke'Shawn has been playing really well for us," Cubit said. "I think it's the next guy where it's really going to affect us. We got to get Henry really ready to go."

Behind Enyenihi, Illinois has little depth after losing freshmen Dre Brown (torn ACL) and Reggie Corbin (torn labrum) to preseason injuries. Sophomore Kendrick Foster carried three times for four yards against Kent State, and senior walk-on Cameron Tucker carried just once for four yards against Kent State.

"You just go to the next guy," Cubit said. "It's just one of those things. It's going to happen in college football. We just move on."

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