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Northwestern Wide Receiver To Miss 2017 Season With Injury

Solomon Vault will not play in 2017.

The Wildcats were dealt a huge blow Friday night when a team spokesman announced wide receiver Solomon Vault would not play during the 2017 season. According to ESPN, Vault required surgery for a lower-body injury.

From the report:

Northwestern wide receiver and returner Solomon Vault will miss the 2017 season after undergoing surgery for a lower-body injury, a team spokesman confirmed Friday.

The injury did not occur from one incident but built up over several years, sources told ESPN.

Vault, who was entering his senior season, has a redshirt year available. He will use the redshirt this year, and return for the 2018 season. He was projected to start at wide receiver and returner in 2017.

He had 15 receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns last season while adding 560 yards and a touchdown on kick returns. Converted from running back, he has four career kick return touchdowns and averages 26 yards per return. Vault earned third-team All-Big Ten honors in each of his first three seasons with the Wildcats.

He was to become a vital part of the Northwestern offense and special teams this season.