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Complete list of Big Ten players selected in NFL Draft


Complete list of Big Ten players selected in NFL Draft

A total of 35 players were selected in the 2015 NFL Draft, held over the past three days in Chicago.

Here's the complete list of all the players from Big Ten schools who were picked by NFL teams:

First round

No. 5: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa — Washington Redskins

No. 11: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State — Minnesota Vikings

No. 15: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin — San Diego Chargers

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Second round

No. 34: Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State — Tampa Bay Buccaneers

No. 37: Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State — New York Jets

No. 41: Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan — Carolina Panthers

No. 54: Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska — Detroit Lions

No. 55: Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota — Baltimore Ravens

No. 57: Rob Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin — St. Louis Rams

No. 60: Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska — Dallas Cowboys

No. 63: Frank Clark, DE, Michigan — Seattle Seahawks

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Third round

No. 73: Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana — Atlanta Falcons

No. 85: Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers — Cincinnati Bengals

No. 90: Carl Davis, DT, Iowa — Baltimore Ravens

No. 92: Jeff Heuerman, TE, Ohio State — Denver Broncos

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Fourth round

No. 106: Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State — Chicago Bears

No. 115: Ibraheim Campbell, SS, Northwestern — Cleveland Browns

No. 119: Andrew Donnal, OT, Iowa — St. Louis Rams

No. 121: Doran Grant, CB, Ohio State — Pittsburgh Steelers

No. 127: Damien Wilson, ILB, Minnesota — Dallas Cowboys

No. 129: Jake Ryan, OLB, Michigan — Green Bay Packers

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Fifth round

No. 138: David Cobb, RB, Minnesota — Tennessee Titans

No. 142: Adrian Amos, FS, Penn State — Chicago Bears

No. 146: Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland — Minnesota Vikings

No. 150: Cedric Thompson, FS, Minnesota — Miami Dolphins

No. 156: Tony Lippett, WR, Michigan State — Miami Dolphins

No. 160: Jesse James, TE, Penn State — Pittsburgh Steelers

No. 162: Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska — Tampa Bay Buccaneers

No. 163: Ryan Russell, DE, Purdue — Dallas Cowboys

No. 168: Michael Burton, FB, Rutgers — Detroit Lions

No. 175: Keith Mumphrey, WR, Michigan State — Houston Texans

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Sixth round

No. 180: Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State — Jacksonville Jaguars

No. 187: Evan Spencer, WR, Ohio State — Washington Redskins

No. 203: Darius Kilgo, NT, Maryland — Denver Broncos

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Seventh round

No. 250: Trevor Siemian, QB, Northwestern — Denver Broncos

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.