Northwestern wide receiver Solomon Vault underwent “lower body” surgery and is expected to miss the 2017 season, according to a report from InsideNU. The team did not release any specifics on Vault’s status as of Friday afternoon.
BREAKING: After undergoing lower-body surgery, Solomon Vault will miss the 2017 season and is expected to redshirt. https://t.co/4fo3Y5QNB8
— Inside NU (@insidenu) May 26, 2017
Vault was set to be a key piece to the Wildcats’ offensive puzzle. He spent his first two seasons in Evanston as a running back before transitioning to wide receiver last year.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Vault had 15 catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns last season. He accounted for 240 rushing yards and two scores on the ground during his first two seasons at Northwestern. Vault has one season of eligibility remaining and could return to Northwestern in 2018, assuming he misses the 2017 season.
The Wildcats lost Austin Carr, the Big Ten’s top receiver in 2016, due to graduation, so the loss of Vault is another blow to their depth.
Northwestern went 7-6 (5-4 Big Ten) last season and beat Pitt in the Pinstripe Bowl.