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Caleb Rowe replaces Perry Hills as Terps' starting quarterback


Caleb Rowe replaces Perry Hills as Terps' starting quarterback

Well, that didn't last long.

Randy Edsall has already made a change at quarterback after just two games, replacing junior Perry Hills with redshirt junior Caleb Rowe, according to the Maryland depth chart ahead of a Week 3 game against South Florida. Not only was Hills removed from the starter's job, but he was apparently bumped down to third string, with graduate transfer Daxx Garman listed as the Terps' backup.

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Hills has struggled during Maryland's two games this season, completing 27 of his 51 passing attempts for 306 yards and four touchdowns. He threw an interception in each of those games, including a back-breaker in Saturday's blowout loss against Bowling Green. Picked off with just under nine minutes to play, the Terps were down by only a touchdown. The Terps lost by three touchdowns. Hills did throw two touchdown passes in the loss.

The insertion of Rowe as the starter, however, is interesting. Rowe relieved Hills after that interception in the fourth quarter Saturday and proceeded to throw two interceptions of his own in only three passing attempts.

Also, while Hills hasn't played too well and the interception was critical, he was not a part of the Maryland pass defense, which allowed Bowling Green to rack up 491 yards through the air, part of a massive 692-yard day for the Falcons overall.

Maryland ranks 12th in the Big Ten in passing offense with 161.5 yards per game through two games.

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately


Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately

Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.

Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football. 

"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.

"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.

"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline." 

Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."

"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.

"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."

Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.