Purdue’s defense is getting a major boost for the Music City Bowl.

Starting safety Jacob Thieneman is expected to be back on the field as the Boilermakers take on Auburn in the Music City Bowl on Friday. Despite suffering an injury late in the season, the defender says he’s ready to be back on the field.

“I feel ready to go,” Thieneman told the Journal & Courier. “Everything checks out.”

Thieneman missed Purdue’s final three games of the season — Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana — after sustaining a shoulder injury in the Boilers’ victory over Iowa in early November. The safety later suffered from a staph infection, which affected his strength.

In nine games this season, Thieneman registered 71 tackles, seven stops for loss and five sacks. He also broke up five passes for the Boilermakers. The fifth-year safety hit double-digit tackle totals twice this season.

Purdue is making an appearance in a bowl game for the second straight season under Jeff Brohm, finishing the year 6-6. The Boilers defeated Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl last season.