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Former No. 1 running back Derrick Green transferring from Michigan


Former No. 1 running back Derrick Green transferring from Michigan

Derrick Green was the No. 1 running back recruit in the Class of 2013. Three years later, he's transferring away from Michigan.

After reports of that happening earlier this winter, Green confirmed the decision to The Michigan Insider on Wednesday, providing the website with a lengthy statement:

“First and foremost I'd like to thank my coaches, teammates, professors and most of all the fans. Your support throughout the years has been greatly appreciated. You will be missed but not forgotten. I've decided to end my football career at the University of Michigan. I'm currently pursuing my bachelor's degree and will transfer upon graduating this spring.

“I've been blessed to play at Michigan for the last few years. Some of the best times of my life have been on that football field. I have worked hard to achieve excellence on and off the field and will be proudly graduating this May. My experience at Michigan has been one I will never forget. I am grateful to leave with a Michigan degree and lots of amazing memories. I will always be a Michigan Man at heart. I am excited to see what the future holds as I close this chapter of my life and begin a new one. I will be pursuing my Master’s degree and continuing my football career next season. I hope my fans continue to support me as I embark upon this new journey. Last but not least, I would like to thank God because even as one door closes he is already preparing new ones to open.”

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Green was a five-star recruit back in 2013, the top-ranked running back in that class and a top-10 overall recruit out of Richmond, Va.

In three seasons in Ann Arbor, Green carried the ball 212 times for 898 yards and seven touchdowns. As a freshman in 2013, he appeared in 11 games and racked up 270 yards and two touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2014, he had 82 carries in just six games, gaining 471 yards and scoring three touchdowns. As a junior this past season in Jim Harbaugh's first year, he wasn't utilized nearly as much, appearing in eight games but getting just 47 carries, 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The Wolverines have a crowded backfield, even without Green, with De'Veon Smith, Drake Johnson and Ty Isaac fighting for carries.

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.