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Huskers lose De'Mornay Pierson-El for six to eight weeks with foot injury

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Huskers lose De'Mornay Pierson-El for six to eight weeks with foot injury

One of Nebraska's biggest scoring weapons will miss significant time.

Huskers head coach Mike Riley announced Wednesday that De'Mornay Pierson-El, return man extraordinaire and potential game-breaking wide receiver, will miss the next six to eight weeks as he recovers from a foot injury.

Pierson-El was the Big Ten's best return man a season ago and one of the best in the country. He led the conference with a 17.5-yard punt-return average and found the end zone three times on punt returns.

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He was set to play a much bigger role in the offense this season after finishing last year as the team's third-leading receiver with 321 yards and four touchdown catches.

Pierson-El also made one passing attempt last season, a 16-yard touchdown pass.

The injury is a big blow to the Huskers, who have been battling injury and depth issues at the wide receiver position all offseason. Leading wideout Kenny Bell is now in the NFL, and new No. 1 Jordan Westerkamp hasn't been full-go during fall practice. Three wideouts were dismissed from the program this offseason, and a handful of others have been limited in camp due to injuries.

With an offense looking to fill the massive void left by departed running back Ameer Abdullah, Pierson-El's injury could end up a crushing blow.

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.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.