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Darrell Hazell announces David Blough as Purdue's new starting QB

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Darrell Hazell announces David Blough as Purdue's new starting QB

Purdue is changing starting quarterbacks. Again.

For the third straight season under head coach Darrell Hazell, the Boilermakers are making a midseason change at the game's most important position, with Hazell announcing Tuesday that redshirt freshman David Blough will start this weekend against Bowling Green in place of junior Austin Appleby.

"We are going to make a quarterback change," Hazell said during his Tuesday press conference. "That's going to happen this week. I know that the guys will be ready to adjust to that."

It's the third time in Hazell's brief tenure that the Boilers have switched quarterbacks midstream. Danny Etling replaced Rob henry after just a few games in 2013. Last season, Appleby replaced Etling in the middle of the year. Now Appleby is out, replaced by Blough.

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Obviously it isn't a shocking move. After he threw more interceptions than touchdowns last season, Appleby started this season with six interceptions and only five touchdowns in three games.

"Austin's created energy and leadership for us," Hazell said. "The one thing that we've always stressed, and will continue to stress, is the importance of taking care of the football. We need to do that better at that position."

Appleby beat out Blough for the starting quarterback job heading into the season. But after all the turnovers, Hazell and Purdue have switched gears to see if Blough can hang onto the ball a little better.

Blough saw his first collegiate action in Purdue's second game of the season, a win over Indiana State, throwing one pass, an incompletion. In last week's loss to Virginia Tech, Blough completed three passes for 11 yards.

"Obviously he's the guy that we've always said he can create, keep the play extended, keeps his eyes down the field, can make the throws that we need him to make," Hazell said.

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.