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Hoosiers could start third-string quarterback if Nate Sudfeld still not ready to go

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Hoosiers could start third-string quarterback if Nate Sudfeld still not ready to go

Indiana’s typically explosive offense wasn’t able to do much in Saturday’s loss to Penn State, something that can be chalked up, in part, to the absence of starting quarterback Nate Sudfeld and starting running back Jordan Howard.

So, with a game against Rutgers up next, will Indiana have its two best offensive players back in time?

Things are especially dire at the quarterback spot, where not only were the Hoosiers without Sudfeld but they lost backup Zander Diamont to injury in Saturday’s game. That pressed third-stringer Danny Cameron (the son of former Indiana head coach Cam Cameron) into action, and with head coach Kevin Wilson reporting that Diamont will be out for the next week or two, Cameron could be forced into starting duty should Sudfeld still not be ready to go.

Wilson said that Sudfeld was cleared to play against Penn State, and the senior was dressed and on the sideline. But Wilson didn’t want to risk further injury and kept Sudfeld out of action. Should that be the case again this weekend, it would mean the first start for Cameron.

“Zander's going to be interesting now because his shoulder issue — and it's on his right shoulder — how well he can throw. I think as we go through the week — he didn't do anything yesterday. I think he's got a week or two maybe to be out. We'll see. If he can play, he'll play," Wilson said Monday.

“Nate did more (Sunday) night than he did any day last week. He did a few things last week. He was at practice. He didn't take any live throws until Friday. He did half the work on Friday, he and Zander, to see if he'd be ready to go. Danny had all the work last week. That's why we thought he came in and did pretty well.

“We'll see how Nate is. I think he'll be — again, to me, he was cleared to play, but I didn't think he was mobile enough to move around and extend some plays or protect himself. As we go through this week, we'll see. He did more last night at practice than any day last week, and he did half of Friday. We'll get Danny and Nate Boudreau ready and see where Zander sits.”

While Penn State boasts a terrific defense, Indiana’s offensive numbers without their stars were ugly. The Hoosiers scored just seven points and accumulated just 234 total yards. Diamont was 9-for-17 for 90 yards before his injury. Backup running back Devine Redding rushed 13 times for 32 yards in Howard’s absence.

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.