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Complete list of 47 Big Ten players selected in 2016 NFL Draft

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Complete list of 47 Big Ten players selected in 2016 NFL Draft

A total of 47 players from Big Ten schools were selected during this year's NFL Draft.

As expected, a large number of those 47 players were Ohio State Buckeyes, with Urban Meyer's program boasting a whopping 12 draftees, five of which were selected in the first round, one off an NFL Draft record.

Every Big Ten school was represented in this year's draft, with all 14 teams claiming at least one draftee.

Here's a complete list of the Big Ten products taken in this year's draft.

First round

3. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State (Chargers)
4. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State (Cowboys)
8. Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State (Titans)
10. Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State (Giants)
16. Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State (Lions)
20. Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State (Jets)

Second round

43. Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State (Titans)
44. Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois (Raiders)
47. Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State (Saints)
48. Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana (Packers)
51. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State (Jets)
58. Sean Davis, CB, Maryland (Steelers)
61. Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State (Saints)

Third round

65. Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State (Browns)
67. Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska (Cowboys)
69. Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Maryland (Jaguars)
75. Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State (Raiders)
80. Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State (Bills)
85. Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State (Texans)
86. Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers (Dolphins)
94. Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State (Seahawks)
95. Graham Glasgow, C, Michigan (Lions)
96. Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska (Patriots)

Fourth round

99. Joe Schobert, LB, Wisconsin (Browns)
100. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State (Raiders)
102. Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State (Chargers)
106. Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota (Chiefs)
115. De'Vondre Campbell, LB, Minnesota (Falcons)
130. Alex Lewis, OT, Nebraska (Ravens)
132. Willie Henry, DT, Michigan (Ravens)
137. Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern (Packers)
139. Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State (Bills)

Fifth round

147. Quinton Jefferson, DT, Maryland (Seahawks)
150. Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana (Bears)

Sixth round

176. Andy Janovich, FB, Nebraska (Broncos)
187. Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana (Redskins)
189. Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue (Cowboys)
191. Jake Rudock, QB, Michigan (Lions)
197. Dan Vitale, FB, Northwestern (Buccaneers)
198. Derek Watt, FB, Wisconsin (Chargers)
202. Anthony Zettel, DT, Penn State (Lions)
204. Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State (Dolphins)
213. Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State (49ers)
221. Ted Karras, OG, Illinois (Patriots)

Seventh round

224. Donavon Clark, OG, Michigan State (Chargers)
245. Clayton Fejedelem, S, Illinois (Bengals)
248. Austin Blythe, C, Iowa (Colts)

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

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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

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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.