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Michigan depth chart: De'Veon Smith starting RB, still no starting QB

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Michigan depth chart: De'Veon Smith starting RB, still no starting QB

The wait continues for Michigan's starting quarterback, but we found out Monday who the starting running back will be.

De'Veon Smith was the No. 1 back on the Wolverines' depth chart, which was released Monday, with Derrick Green and Ty Isaac listed as co-No. 2s behind Smith. Drake Johnson wasn't listed as he continues to recover from an injury.

The offensive depth chart ahead of the season-opener against Utah was a bit of an aesthetic mess with a ton of "OR" listings. That includes at quarterback, where the battle between Jake Rudock and Shane Morris has yet to be resolved — or at least a winner has yet to be announced.

[MORE BIG TEN: Urban Meyer's ETA on Buckeyes QB announcement: 'When the first guy takes the snap']

Smith grabbed the No. 1 running back spot after leading Michigan in rushing last season. That was a modest 519-yard total thanks to a small workload until midway through the season. He had a pair of 100-yard games: 115 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries against Appalachian State and 121 yards and a score against Northwestern.

It's expected, though, that Green and Isaac — as well as Johnson, when he fully recovers from injury — will still see plenty of action in a very talented backfield.

It might not be until Thursday's game is underway that we discover the starting quarterback.

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.