Northwestern starting CB Keith Watkins II suffers season-ending injury

The Northwestern Wildcats will enter the 2016 college football season with a major loss in the defensive backfield.

This week, the team announced starting cornerback Keith Watkins II will be out for the entire season after suffering a knee injury. Watkins suffered the injury last week.

“I’m really disappointed for him,” Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald said in a statement. “He’s worked so hard, but we’ve got great depth at that position. I’m excited for the guys who now get that opportunity from somebody else’s tough situation. That’s football.”

Watkins was set to enter his junior year after appearing in all 12 games a season ago.

Now that there is an opening across from Matthew Harris, Northwestern will be looking to Montre Hartage, Trae Williams and Alonzo Mayo to fill that void.

The Wildcats kickoff their 2016 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 3 when they welcome Western Michigan to Ryan Field.

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